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Do pregnant women contract COVID more easily?

In general, pregnant women can be more susceptible to infections, and there are some studies that show the same with COVID-19 infections.

How does COVID-19 infection affect pregnancy?

Pregnant women who become infected with COVID-19 are more likely to be sick, to be admitted to the intensive care unit, and to die. In addition, infected pregnant women seem to be more likely to deliver prematurely. 

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Will the virus harm the baby?

If the baby becomes infected with COVID-19, it could get sick. There are a few studies that show that the fetus could become infected inside the uterus.

Can it be passed from mom to fetus or during breastfeeding?

At the present time, breastfeeding is not contraindicated in women infected with COVID-19.

What precautions should all pregnant women take?

Pregnant women should do the same things as the general public to avoid infection. You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by taking these actions:

  • Get the vaccine as soon as it's available
  • Cover your cough (using your elbow is a good technique)
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Clean your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

All pregnant women should:

  • Stay away from infected people and crowds
  • Wash your hands before touching your face
  • Use hand sanitizer when out and unable to wash your hands with soap
  • Call your doctor with any fever (= or over 100.4 F or 38 C)
  • Call your doctor with any shortness of breath

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