What effect does coronavirus have on pregnant women?
If you’re diagnosed with COVID-19, the current evidence suggests everything will be fine. But it’s still early days, and we don’t know really how it affects babies when mothers are infected early in pregnancy. So you really have to try and avoid that, but evidence from other coronaviruses suggest that it’s actually okay and you don’t pass it through placenta to the baby.
Nonetheless, you have to be super cautious when you’re pregnant, wash your hands on a regular basis, and while this epidemic’s on, don’t come in contact with other people, or a lot of them, unnecessarily.
Last Reviewed: 23/03/2020
What effect will coronavirus have on my baby if I am infected in pregnancy?
It's early days to know what the effect of COVID-19 will be on your baby, if you get infected in pregnancy.
Is there a risk to pregnant women?
We know that influenza is bad for pregnancy but this isn’t influenza. We are going to have to wait 7-9 months to see what happens.
What if I test positive for coronavirus while pregnant?
If you test positive for COVID-19 while you're pregnant, you will need to be quarantined.
What is the advice if I am a healthcare worker and pregnant?
If you are a healthcare worker who's pregnant during this COVID-19 pandemic, there's a few things you need to do.
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