Pregnancy and COVID-19
Last updated: February 16, 2022
If you are pregnant, you have a higher risk of developing more serious illness from COVID-19.
Your physician can review your medical record to help you understand your personal risk. More information about pregnancy and COVID-19 is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Here are answers to some common questions you may have. This information might change as we learn more about COVID-19. If you have other questions, talk to your physician.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Am I more likely to get COVID-19 because I am pregnant?
- What can I do to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- What should I do if I am pregnant and begin to have symptoms of COVID-19?
- If I have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, what should I do?
- What to do if I test positive for COVID-19?
- What happens if I am scheduled to deliver my baby during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Can I breastfeed if I have COVID-19?
If you are pregnant or have recently been pregnant (for at least 42 days following the end of pregnancy), you are not more likely to get COVID-19. However, you are more likely to get seriously ill from COVID-19. People who have COVID-19 while pregnant are also at increased risk for preterm birth, stillbirth and other potential pregnancy complications.
Everyone should follow CDC guidelines to help prevent COVID-19 exposure and infection. We urge you to:
- Get vaccinated. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future.
- Wear a mask.
- Physically distance.
- Eat well.
- Reduce stress.
- Get plenty of sleep.
Keep at least a 2-week supply of your medications. If you need a refill, call your physician or send a request through MyNM. While refilling your prescription, you can limit exposure to COVID-19 by using a mail-order service or drive-thru pharmacy.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, you should be tested for COVID-19. Learn about your testing options in the COVID-19 Resource Center at nm.org/covid19.
The answer depends on many factors. Follow guidelines from the CDC.
If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your physician or advanced practice provider. They may recommend some medications or infusions to meet the needs of your individual situation and risk factors.
Northwestern Medicine follows guidelines from the CDC and other public health agencies to help ensure the safety of all patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. To find out about any visitor limitations that may be in place to protect you, your baby, and all patients, visitors, physicians and staff, visit nm.org/visitors.
According to the CDC, current evidence suggests that breast milk is not likely to spread the virus to babies. Talk to your physician or advanced practice provider and your family to decide whether breastfeeding is right for you while you are in the infectious phase of the virus.