Pregnant people are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant individuals.
Being aware of safety precautions you can take during pregnancy and what to do in case you do become infected can help keep you and your baby safe.
- Staying Healthy
- Keep all of your appointments during and after pregnancy.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick or has symptoms. Always maintain 6 feet away from people in public.
- Limit contact with people outside of your circle as much as possible. This can increase your chances of contracting the virus.
- Wash your hands as often as you can, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Exposure to COVID-19
- If you think or know you have been exposed to COVID-19 notify your healthcare provider immediately.
- Be aware of the emergency warning signs (trouble breathing, persistent chest pain, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face) and seek care immediately if you are experiencing severe symptoms. Use the Coronavirus Self-Checker to decide when you should seek medical care.
Severe cases of COVID-19 are associated with:
- Preterm birth
- Postpartum hemorrhaging
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