Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
Currently much is unknown about pregnancy and coronavirus, or COVID-19. COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may impact pregnant women.
General recommendations for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant during this time are the same as for the general public. More information can be found here.
At NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, we are monitoring the situation closely. More information for current Columbia Ob/Gyn patients can be found here.
Experts around the world are closely observing the spread of the virus and the implications for pregnant women. Below are some resources that may be helpful. These address questions like:
- Are pregnant women at greater risk for getting COVID-19?
- Does the virus impacts pregnant women differently than the general public?
- Can the virus be transmitted to the baby during pregnancy and delivery?
- What steps can be taken to ensure pregnant women have the safest possible experience during visits with their obstetrician and during labor and delivery?
Resources for Pregnant Women
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Pregnancy: Q&A with Columbia Physicians Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD and Chia-Ling Nhan-Chang, MD
- Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Centers for Disease Control)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19), Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding: A Message for Patients (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
- Coronavirus infection and pregnancy (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) pregnancy FAQs: Medical experts answer your questions (Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Baby Center)
- Novel Coronavirus “COVID-19”: Special Considerations for Pregnant Women (Kaiser Family Foundation)