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Pregnancy and COVID-19

NOTE: This COVID-19 post is over a year old and may contain outdated information. It has been left up for archival purposes only. For the most up-to-date information on masking, vaccines, and more, visit the CDC’s website.

Based on current information, pregnant people might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people. Additionally, there may be an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, among pregnant people with COVID-19. Therefore, if you are pregnant, be mindful about reducing your risk of getting sick. 

Pregnant people and those living with them should protect themselves against getting sick by staying home as much as possible, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, wearing a mask in public, keeping six feet of distance from others, washing hands frequently, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.

If you are pregnant and start feeling sick/think you may have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider within 24 hours. Do not skip prenatal care appointments or postpartum appointments. If you are concerned about attending your appointment due to COVID-19, talk to your health care provider. 

Mother-to-child transmission of COVID-19 during pregnancy is unlikely, but after birth a newborn is susceptible to person-to-person spread.

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