Are pregnant women at higher risk of getting COVID-19 and, if they become infected, will they become more sick than other people?

We do not currently know if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from the virus than the general public nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result. So at the moment we can say no to both questions but we will keep this under review.

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

Pregnant women should do the same things as the general public to avoid infection:

  • 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

What about during delivery?

We still do not know if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her baby during pregnancy or delivery. No infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for COVID-19 and the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.