Q: Should I take steps to avoid pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: No. We do not recommend avoiding pregnancy during this pandemic. At the same time, we are also not suggesting that a pandemic pregnancy is risk-free. The risk of acquiring the coronavirus in the first trimester is not known and will not be known for some time. We do know that severe illness can lead to pregnancy complications. If you are already pregnant, it is important to take all precautions possible to reduce your risk of exposure to the coronavirus by following CDC current recommendations, such as handwashing with soap, not touching your face, and practicing social (physical) distancing, whether you receive the vaccine or not.