Does COVID cause premature birth?

Pregnant women are considered at high risk when it comes to COVID-19. In fact, pregnant women are considered at higher risk for getting many different infectious diseases and are more likely to get sicker when they do catch a disease. This can cause complications for both mothers and their babies.

Pregnant women with COVID-19 are at increased risk for premature birth, defined as delivering a baby before 37 weeks gestation. Based on data from 18 different studies, researchers estimate that pregnant women with COVID-19 have a 47% increased risk of delivering a baby too soon, as compared to pregnant women without COVID-19. Babies born premature may be at increased risk for complications with their health and development.

How to prevent COVID-19 in pregnancy?

The best way for pregnant women to avoid COVID-19 in pregnancy is to get vaccinated! The vaccine has now been proven safe for both pregnant women and their babies. Pregnant women should also take extra steps to keep themselves and their babies safe from COVID-19 by wearing well-fitting masks in public, avoiding crowded places, and making sure their friends and families are also vaccinated.

Last update: August 20, 2021, 5:40pm ET

Science review: SGB, GSN