Mind you, there would be lot of worries going through your mind.
How did I get here? Especially if you didnt find out before pregnancy. How am I going to cope with this? Am I going to transmit it to my baby? How do I tell my family or people around me? What if anyone find out that I am HIV positive? Oh My God the Stigma? The Discrimination? How do I cope with other health complications associated with HIV? Does that mean am going to die soon? How can I explain this to my child when of age? Should I just end it all? What have i gotten myself into? How did I become unfortunate to be infected with this disease? Why me?
Trust me: I totally understand if all these things are going through your mind because HIV is one long term health complications that can make one become distressed and depressed
But you know what: calm down, put yourself together and do the right thing to help yourself and your unborn by seeking the right medical help as soon as possible to help the situation lighter and easier to handle.
You May have just found out that you are HIV and pregnant at the same time: it is not the end of the world and it is no longer a death sentence the way people previously seen it.
We have moved on from that thanks to research and those excellent medical personnel out there that has made this possible.
This is what you should do when you are HIV and pregnant:
See your specialist doctor to review you and plan out an individualised care for you and your unborn.
Your doctor would decide what medication is best,suitable and safe for you in pregnancy
Take a combination of anti-HiV drugs during your pregnancy as prescribed , you must take it religiously.
Its okay to have your baby by y cesarean section if lab tests show that your level of HIV is high.
You can also aim for vaginal delivery if your viral load is low: your doctor and yourself must ensure that it is safe to do so.
Take your Anti- HIV drugs during Labour and Birth as needed and prescribed
Give Anti-HIV drugs to your baby after birth
For 4 weeks usually to stop them from developing HIV
Your baby would be tested for HIV 48 hours after birth, 6 and 12 weeks and final at 18 months.
Though HIV can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery and when breastfeeding however if a woman is being treated by taking her antiretroviral medication the risk of passing it on to her child is then reduced.
There are now more babies being born from an HIV mother who are not infected by it.
DO NOT BREASTFEED
it best to bottlefeed instead
Like I mentioned on my previous post: having HIV and being pregnant is no longer a big deal to make you feel depressed. As long as you are taking your medication as prescribed, your viral load is low, you are having a protected sex, or having have sex with someone who is HIV negative when you viral load is low you are unlikely to pass it on to uninfected person.
We have now moved on from stigmatisation and discrimination from HIV. You owe no one the obligation to inform them of your HIV status if you do not feel okay and comfortable doing so.
There are lots of counselling services out there if you feel like talking to someone about it or you need support for any mental health related issues.
It is the duty of every health professional to respect your privacy and abide by the code of conduct by maintaining confidentiality.
Your doctor or midwife can only inform or disclose to anyone close to you about your HIV status if you consent to it and requested for them to do so. So be rest assured.