Q: What is the risk that a COVID-19 infection will affect my unborn child?

A: Infection with SARS-CoV-2 can be particularly concerning for those who are pregnant, as they may be at higher risk for severe disease. Although the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy have not yet been fully elucidated, including effects of infection in the first trimester of pregnancy, infection may precipitate premature labor and/or delivery although full term newborns delivered from mothers with active COVID-19 infections have done well.

A recent report from the CDC suggests that pregnant women with COVID-19 appeared to be at increased risk of mechanical ventilation and admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) compared to nonpregnant peers, though the absolute rates were low. Pregnant women were not found to be at increased risk of death associated with COVID-19 compared with nonpregnant age-matched women.
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