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Pregnant women about to give birth need COVID-19 testing

As many as 1 in 8 moms are asymptomatic.

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A new study is highlighting the need for more COVID-19 testing for pregnant women about to give birth.

According to a letter by researchers published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, more than 1 in 8 asymptomatic women tested in a study on delivery wards at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in New York City test positive for COVID-19.

This means that mothers and their caregivers may not know that they have the virus, and can't take the necessary precautions against it. The scientists behind this research say all pregnant women about to deliver should be tested.

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The four doctors behind the research write: "The potential benefits of a universal testing approach include the ability to use Covid-19 status to determine hospital isolation practices and bed assignments, inform neonatal care, and guide the use of personal protective equipment. Access to such clinical data provides an important opportunity to protect mothers, babies, and health care teams during these challenging times."

They looked at 215 pregnant women who gave birth at the two New York hospitals between March 22 and April 4. Four who tested positive for coronavirus when admitted had symptoms, but 29 other moms who tested positive were not showing symptoms.

This is important because it is thought that mom-to-baby transmission of coronavirus happens after birth, not in utero.

This follows another study of 43 pregnant women that was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology last week. It examined cases at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and found that most pregnant women (around 80%) who have COVID-19 have only a mild case and don't get severe symptoms.

That is obviously very good news, but the researchers still underscore the need for testing of all mothers about to give birth in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you think you may have COVID-19, talk to your health care team.

These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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