COVID-19 and pregnancy



Based on what we know at this time, pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and death, compared to non-pregnant people. Additionally, pregnant people with COVID-19 might be at increased risk for other adverse outcomes, such as preterm birth (delivering the baby earlier than 37 weeks).


Reducing your risk of getting COVID-19


It is especially important for pregnant people, and those who live with them, to protect themselves from getting COVID-19.


There is no way to have zero risk of infection, so it is important to know how to be as safe as possible. In general, the more people you are around, the closer you interact with them, and the longer that interaction, the higher your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Consider the level of risk when deciding whether or not to go out or interact with people who do not live with you. If you do go out, ensure you and the people who live with you are taking steps to protect themselves.

The best way to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to:

  • Limit interactions with people who might have been exposed to or who might be infected with COVID-19, including people within your household, as much as possible.

  • Take steps to prevent getting COVID-19 when you do interact with others.

  • Wear a mask, especially when you cannot keep distance from other people. Avoid others who are not wearing masks or ask others around you to wear a mask.

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others outside your household.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid activities where taking these steps might be difficult.


If you are sick or think you were exposed to COVID-19

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get in touch with your healthcare provider within 24 hours, and follow steps for when you feel sick. You can use CDC’s self-checker to help you make decisions.

  • If you or someone you know has COVID-19 emergency warning signs (for example, trouble breathing, persistent chest pain, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face), seek emergency care immediately. Call 911.

  • If you think you might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, contact your nearest community health centerexternal icon or health department.

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