Memorial Hospital - April 17, 2020

If you're an expectant mom, you probably have questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) and pregnancy. While it is true pregnant women tend to have a more sensitive immune system, right now, you should remain calm and confident. Though more data on COVID-19 and pregnancies is being compiled, this is a helpful starting point to answer common questions. This information should not take precedent over any advice given from your healthcare provider.

Can COVID-19 cause problems with my pregnancy?

With most pregnancies, in general, if the mom does well, then her baby should do well. For an expectant mother who has tested positive, the health of the mom and baby will be closely monitored.

Does COVID-19 during pregnancy increase my chances of miscarrying?

A miscarriage can occur with any pregnancy. Currently, there is no published research connecting COVID-19 to increased chances of miscarriages.

If I have COVID-19 in my first trimester, can it increase my chances of birth defects?

High fevers in the first trimester can increase the chance of birth defects. In any instance of a high fever, please contact your healthcare provider to discuss the best way to lower it.

If I have COVID-19 in my second or third trimester, can it cause pregnancy complications?

Currently, there is little data about COVID-19 and pregnancy. Previous history with respiratory illness (like flu) suggests pregnant women may be at greater risk of complications like preterm labor.

Can COVID-19 be passed from a pregnant mom to the fetus or newborn?

There's not enough scientific evidence currently to suggest that the virus could be transferred through the placenta.

Please note: Official guidance related to pregnancy and COVID-19 will continue to evolve as more information becomes available. Please refer to the CDC for the latest information and additional resources.

Sources: HCA Houston Healthcare and MotherToBaby