Yes, COVID-19 during pregnancy can be dangerous for you and your baby

It is increasingly clear that COVID-19 during pregnancy increases the risk of maternal death and puts pregnant women and their babies at risk for serious health complications. 

COVID-19 is linked to pregnancy complications.

Looking across many studies, women with COVID-19 during pregnancy had nearly three times increased risk of dying during pregnancy or in the weeks following, and they were 18-times more likely to be admitted to the ICU than other pregnant women without COVID-19. A recent multinational cohort study (the INTERCOVID study) including data from 18 countries also found women with COVID-19 were three times more likely to have preeclampsia or eclampsia and severe infections. 

COVID-19 increases the risk of bad pregnancy outcomes.

Based on 18 different studies, COVID-19 in pregnancy is linked with a 47% increased risk of preterm birth. Some studies have also shown that COVID-19 in pregnancy increases the risk of having a stillbirth. For example, a national study of more than 340,000 pregnancies in England found that women with COVID-19 around the time of delivery were more than twice as likely to deliver a stillborn baby. And babies born to moms who have COVID-19 late in pregnancy are also more likely to end up in the NICU.

Since COVID-19 during pregnancy can be dangerous for you and your baby, the CDC and leading medical societies like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists all strongly recommend that you get the vaccine if you’re pregnant. 

Last update: November 8, 2021, 2:23 pm ET

Science review: BSL, JAB