Pregnant Shawn Johnson 'Nervous' After Testing Positive For COVID

by Julie Scagell
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The mom-of-one is currently battling a sore throat and headache

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson East, who is expecting her second child with husband Andrew East, told fans on Instagram that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.

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“Got my results back today and they came back positive for Covid,” she shared on her Instagram Story last night. “Not going to lie… I’m nervous knowing I’m positive.” She also revealed her 15-month-old daughter, Drew Hazel, has been suffering from RSV recently. “It’s been a long two weeks of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) with Drew and now this… my body is exhausted.”

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Her husband previously tested positive for COVID, the couple said in their pregnancy announcement video, which they shared on YouTube in January. “We were in this time of celebration and we wanted to tell her parents and her friends [about the baby], then I ended up having to friggin’ self-isolate for 10 days,” said the former NFL athlete.

Johnson continued in her Stories, telling fans her concerns about her being pregnant while battling the virus. “1: I don’t want to get my family sick. 2: I have asthma and have had it my entire life so this scares me a little extra. 3: had a very close family member fight for his life last month while battling Covid so it’s a serious topic of concern/hits home in our household,” she explained.

Instagram Stories/Shawn Johnson East

In the pregnancy announcement video Johnson explained the worry she felt when they found out her husband had contracted the virus. “We were scared to begin with that you had COVID. We weren’t sure if Drew had it, we weren’t sure if I had it,” she said. “So I was calling her pediatrician, I was calling my OB. … I was like, ‘What do we do? Do I need to worry about being pregnant?’ especially early on in pregnancy. I got so scared of potentially increasing my risks of miscarriage.”

Johnson announced a few years ago that she’d suffered a miscarriage in October 2017.

According to the CDC, “Pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and death, compared to non-pregnant people. Additionally, pregnant people with COVID-19 might be at increased risk for other adverse outcomes, such as preterm birth.”

Johnson said so far she’s experienced, “A cough, terrible sore throat and headache. Fatigue for sure but… that’s pregnancy haha. Not looking for any kind of pitty party. Just a reminder to take care of yourself. Drink an extra water tonight and wash your hands.”

Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for her and a healthy pregnancy.

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