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Information for Pregnant Patients

We know you have many questions and concerns about exposure to COVID-19 during your pregnancy. Watch Julie Braga, MD, talk about COVID-19 during pregnancy, the impact on the baby in the womb and after delivery.

How does COVID-19 affect pregnant women?

The course of COVID-19 is the same in pregnant women as for anyone else. This illness is different from other viral infections, like influenza, where we know that the risks are greater for those who are pregnant.

How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?

Pregnant women should do the same things as the rest of the public to avoid infection. You should:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
  • Avoid people who are sick

To help protect your birth experience, we ask that you do not directly care for those who have, or are suspected of having, COVID-19. This includes caring for patients with respiratory illnesses.

Is my baby at risk of getting COVID-19 before it is born?

Your baby is not at risk of getting COVID-19 and is protected from infection while in the womb. We know this to be true from studies on placenta, amniotic fluid and even nasal swabs of newborns.

When your baby is born, it is as vulnerable to COVID-19 as anyone else in the room without a mask on. Speak to your provider for more information on this subject.

What should I do if I am infected with COVID-19?

If you are infected with COVID-19 or suspected to be infected, we are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC’s) recommendation to separate your baby from you. We know this is an emotionally difficult step to take, but this is the right thing for your baby.

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