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Based on what we know at this time, pregnant people might be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people. Additionally, there may be an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, among pregnant people with COVID-19.

Much is still unknown about the risks of COVID-19 to newborns.

  • Newborns can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 after being in close contact with an infected person.
  • Some babies have tested positive for the virus shortly after birth. It is unknown if these babies got the virus before, during, or after birth.
  • Most newborns who have tested positive for COVID-19 had mild or no symptoms and have recovered fully. However, there are a few reports of newborns with severe illness.
  • A small number of other problems, such as preterm (early) birth and other problems with pregnancy and birth, have been reported in babies born to mothers who tested positive for COVID-19. We do not know if these problems were related to the virus.

Last updated August 19, 2020
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Preventionlinks to external site

The best ways to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 are to:

If you start feeling sick and think you may have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider within 24 hours.

Actions to take if you are pregnant:

  • Do not skip your prenatal care appointments.
  • Limit your interactions with other people as much as possible.
  • Take precautions to prevent getting COVID-19 when you do interact with others.
  • Make sure that you have at least a 30-day supply of your medicines.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about how to stay healthy and take care of yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • If you don’t have a healthcare provider, contact your nearest community health center or health department.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any questions related to your health.
  • Seek care immediately if you have a medical emergency.
  • You may feel increased stress during this pandemic. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Learn about stress and coping.
  • Learn more about how to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19.

Vaccines During Pregnancy

People who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated. For further questions, a discussion with a healthcare provider might help make an informed decision.

Also, routine vaccines are an important part of protecting your health. Receiving some vaccines during pregnancy, such as the influenza (flu) and Tdap vaccines, can help protect you and your baby. If you are pregnant, you should continue to receive your recommended vaccines.

Last updated January 21, 2021
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Preventionlinks to external site