What are the risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy and for newborns?
While the overall risk for COVID-19 is low during pregnancy, the CDC says that women are at an increased risk for severe illness compared to women who are not pregnant.
The CDC recommends pregnant women take precautions to limit their potential exposure to coronavirus including:
- Limit interactions with people who may have been exposed to COVID-19
- Follow social distancing guidelines
- Wear a mask when in public
- Practice frequent hand washing
- Clean surfaces you touch often with soap and water
- Consider a COVID-19 vaccination when it is available to you
Much is still unknown regarding coronavirus and newborns however, the CDC does state the following regarding COVID-19 and newborns:
- COVID-19 is uncommon in newborns born to women who had COVID-19 during pregnancy.
- Some newborns have tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after birth. It is unknown if these newborns got the virus before, during, or after birth.
- Most newborns who tested positive for COVID-19 had mild or no symptoms and recovered. However, there are a few reports of newborns with severe COVID-19 illness.
It is important to speak with your Case Manager, Intended Parents and doctors during the process to understand all of the information regarding the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic as it becomes available.