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COVID-19: Advice for Pregnant Women

According to the L.A. County Department of Public Health, women who are pregnant should consider contacting their healthcare providers as early as possible when they are sick.

Q: What is the risk to pregnant women of getting COVID-19? Is it easier for pregnant women to become ill with the disease? If they become infected, will they be more sick than other people?

A: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is currently not known if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result. Pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections. With viruses from the same family as COVID-19, and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza, women have had a higher risk of developing severe illness. It is always important for pregnant women to protect themselves from illnesses.

Q: Can COVID-19 cause problems for a pregnancy?

A: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is currently not known at this time if COVID-19 would cause problems during pregnancy or affect the health of the baby after birth.

Q: If a pregnant woman has COVID-19 during pregnancy, will it hurt the baby?

A: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is currently not known at this time what if any risk is posed to infants of a pregnant woman who has COVID-19. There have been a small number of reported problems with pregnancy or delivery (e.g. preterm birth) in babies born to mothers who tested positive for COVID-19 during their pregnancy. However, it is not clear that these outcomes were related to maternal infection.

Q: Can COVID-19 be passed from a pregnant woman to the fetus or newborn?

A: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is still not known if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus that causes COVID-19 to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. No infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In these cases, which are a small number, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.

Q: How can pregnant women protect themselves from getting COVID-19?

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:

  • Physical distancing is the best and most effective tool to slow the spread of COVID-19. According to the LA County Department of Public Health pregnant women should limit themselves to gatherings of individuals to no more than 10 people.
  • 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
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