I’m pregnant. How will COVID-19 affect my labor and delivery?

There is currently no evidence that pregnant people are at increased risk of getting COVID-19. However, because they have increased risk of severe disease from other viruses, like influenza, pregnant people are considered high risk for complications from COVID-19. Pregnant people should be especially conscientious about social distancing, good hand hygiene, and avoiding touching their faces in order to prevent infection.

What happens if I become infected?

If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever, muscle aches, cough, or shortness of breath) you should contact your care provider to determine if you should be tested and develop a special care plan. Currently, there are no specific recommendations for the care of pregnant people with COVID-19. We do not know for sure, but current evidence suggests that babies born to people sick with COVID-19 do not transmit the virus to the baby in the womb.

If you are near delivery or going into labor and have (or think you might have) COVID-19, you should call the hospital or labor and delivery ward before you come in so that they can prepare for your arrival. After delivery, your baby may be temporarily separated from you to prevent your baby from catching the virus. Everyone caring for your baby, including friends and family, will need to wear a gown, gloves, mask, and face shield. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the CDC, recommend that this temporary separation last as long as you are in isolation.

Last Updated : March 18, 2020 at 7:00pm ET

Science Review by: JAB, ERS