Key Messages for Pregnant Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events, Women's Health

We understand that the current state of the world is very confusing and stressful. COVID-19 is a new virus and we are still trying to determine how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread. If you are pregnant, we also understand that might cause increased anxiety about all of the unknowns. Please keep the following in mind:

  • So far, limited information does not show that pregnant women have a higher chance of getting the virus or having more severe symptoms if they get COVID-19. Health officials will learn and share more information in the coming weeks.
  • Prevention measures are the same for pregnant women as they are for other people: wash hands often, avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth, avoid close contact with people who are sick, wipe down high-touch surfaces often, and practice social distancing. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you have symptoms such as fever with cough, fatigue or shortness of breath.
  • Online resources, such as MotherToBaby have evidence-based, up-to-date resources at mothertobaby.org (specifically, Fact Sheet https://mothertobaby.org/fact-sheets/covid-19/ and Podcast http://mothertobabypodcast.libsyn.com/covid-19-in-pregnancy-breastfeeding)

Also, please refer to the CDC for additional information and updates.