Pregnancy and COVID-19

Are pregnant women at greater risk?

There is currently no scientific published evidence that pregnant women are more at risk.

However, pregnant women should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, like avoiding people who are sick with infectious illnesses, avoid touching of the face, mouth, nose and eyes with unclean hands and. practicing good hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes and wiping down surfaces.

Will COVID-19 affect my pregnancy?

As COVID-19 is a new illness there is little detailed information about the impact of the virus on pregnant women and their babies.

Experience with other viruses in this family suggests that while pregnant women may develop severe respiratory symptoms, pregnant women do not appear to be more severely unwell if they develop COVID-19 infection than others in the general population.

In fact, the large majority of pregnant women will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu type symptoms.

Can COVID-19 be transmitted through breast milk?

No current evidence of virus has been found in the breast milk of women with COVID-19. No information is available on the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 through breast milk (i.e. whether infectious virus is present in the breast milk of an infected woman).

Any infection during pregnancy is a potential risk and pregnant women should be careful and speak to their GP for advice.