As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the world, pregnant women have been left wondering if they are more vulnerable to the virus. Recent research has provided some answers.
Studies have shown that pregnant women are not at a greater risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 than non-pregnant women, though there is some evidence that pregnant women with the virus may be more likely to be hospitalized than their non-pregnant counterparts. There is also evidence that pregnant women may be more likely to experience severe symptoms of the virus.
Despite these findings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that there is no evidence to suggest that pregnant women are more likely to spread COVID-19 than non-pregnant women.
Women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant should take precautions to protect themselves and their unborn babies from the virus. This includes avoiding close contact with people who are sick, washing your hands often, wearing a face mask in public, and avoiding large gatherings.
It's also important to speak with your healthcare provider about any changes in your health or any symptoms you may be experiencing. While there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy, it is possible for the virus to be passed to a baby during delivery or afterwards.
The CDC recommends that pregnant women also get a flu shot to help protect themselves and their unborn babies from the flu, as pregnant women are more likely to have complications from the flu than non-pregnant women.
Overall, it's important for pregnant women to take the necessary steps to protect themselves from COVID-19, as well as other illnesses. By following the guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and your healthcare provider, you can help reduce the risk of infection for yourself and your baby.