If you are pregnant and concerned about how Coronavirus could affect you and your baby, you are not alone. There is a lot of speculation around COVID-19 and the risk of delivering a premature/preterm baby. We are here to provide validated information and empower you through credible facts and advice provided by the WHO and other reputable organisations.
The facts about the Coronavirus during pregnancy
Across the board, there is currently no evidence to suggest that you at higher risk of contracting Coronavirus than anyone else. However, during pregnancy, changes in your body and immune system, could put you at risk of some respiratory infections. It is therefore important that you take extra steps to protect yourself against the Coronavirus, and report possible symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing to your healthcare provider.
If you have Coronavirus, the risk of passing it to your baby during pregnancy is thought to be low. So far, there is no evidence that the virus can be transmitted before birth (this is called vertical transmission). However, once your baby is born, it can contract the virus like anyone else – through contact with your respiratory droplets.