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What Coronavirus Means for Expecting Moms

This is tip nine in a series from pediatrician Dr. Ray Fabius for families on maintaining health and wellness at home or on the front lines. Find more tips and actionable advice on our Dr. Ray resource page

Be sure to learn more about Dr. Ray and how he’s guiding KinderCare’s response to coronavirus. 

Are pregnant women at a higher risk with coronavirus? 

We believe that pregnant women may be at a higher risk of serious illness if they contract the COVID-19 virus. Though this strain of the coronavirus is new, doctors and scientists largely believe this because it’s true with the flu and other coronavirus illnesses studied in the past.  

Just like people over 65 years old and people with chronic conditions, pregnant women must follow extra precautions. It’s important to limit contact with others and trips outside of your home. Ask friends or family to shop for you if possible, or order grocery delivery. You might even want to limit contact with those you live with if you can.  

The CDC outlines many of the precautions pregnant or nursing mothers should take. The important thing to remember is to perform the same actions as everyone else: 

  • Cough and sneeze into your upper arm. 
  • Social distance and especially avoid people who are sick. 
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer. 

I am happy to report that there is little evidence that an expecting mother’s COVID-19 infection will complicate her pregnancy.  

Resources to learn more about this topic 

The World Health Organization also has more information for pregnant mothers to consider during this health emergency.