Sadie Robertson Huff of Duck Dynasty says being pregnant and contracting the coronavirus is “one of the most challenging things” she’s dealt with in her 23 years and that COVID-19 made her very ill.
The good news is the mama-to-be (who is currently expecting her first child with husband Christian Huff) is now out of the hospital and is recovering at home. She says Baby Huff is “doing great.”
“I got Covid-19 and ended up getting very sick. I know everyone experiences covid differently, but wow these symptoms are wild. I’ve definitely struggled through this one!” she captioned a photo of herself in a hospital bed, hooked up to an IV.
She continued: “I’m no longer in the hospital (this pic was not from today) and i have just about fully recovered.”
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As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes, pregnant women like Robertson who catch COVID-19 are more likely to be hospitalized than the average, non-pregnant person who gets the coronavirus.
According to the CDC, pregnant women “are at increased risk for intensive care unit (ICU) admission and receipt of mechanical ventilation than nonpregnant women.”
That doesn’t mean that all pregnant people who are positive for COVID-19 need to be hospitalized though, and the majority will survive COVID-19 even if they do need to spend some time in the ICU.
So far, about 27,566 pregnant women have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States. Of those, only 6,201 have (like Robertson) required hospitalization.
It needs to be noted that because of incomplete report forms which don’t include information on pregnancy status, these numbers likely do not include all the pregnant patients with COVID-19 in the United States. We don’t know if there are cases missing from the CDC’s numbers.
We do know that COVID-19 is serious, and it makes sense for pregnant people and their loved ones to take steps to reduce their risk of exposure.
We’re glad Robertson is feeling better and hope that the number of hospitalizations for pregnant mamas remains low and that data collection improves.