COVID-19 and Your Pregnancy

April 3, 2020
COVID-19 and Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy should be a joyous time; but for first-time moms, it can be a time of questions. The COVID-19 outbreak may be causing you extra anxiety.

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning more about it. This information is based on what we currently know about the disease.

What is the risk to pregnant women of getting COVID-19?

There is no evidence that pregnant women are more likely to contract COVID-10 or get more sick from it than other people. Because of changes in their bodies, pregnant women may be at increased risk of some infections and should always protect themselves from illness.

Can COVID-19 cause problems for a pregnancy?

We do not know at this time if COVID-19 can cause problems with a pregnancy or affect the health of the baby after birth.

Can COVID-19 be passed to the fetus or newborn by the mother?

There is no evidence of a pregnant woman passing the COVID-19 virus to her baby. No infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the virus.

If a pregnant woman has COVID-19 during pregnancy, will it hurt the baby?

We have not seen any clear evidence of risk to a baby born to a woman who has COVID-19.

Many parents have concerns about the safety of breastfeeding. Although much is still unknown about COVID-19, research is slowly coming in. Following is guidance based on the latest science.

Can COVID-19 be transmitted through breast milk?

The virus has not been detected in breast milk. There is no evidence that mothers with COVID-19 can transmit the virus via breast milk.

Can women with COVID-19 breastfeed?

Yes. Women with COVID-19 can breastfeed if they wish to do so, but should follow general precautions.

Does the benefit of breastfeeding outweigh any risks of COVID-19?

Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for your baby and their immune system. Whether and how to start or continue breastfeeding should be decided by the mother, her family and healthcare providers.  

What breastfeeding precautions should be taken with COVID-19?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results, follow these steps.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before you touch your baby.
  • Wear a mask during feedings.
  • Wash your hands before touching breast pumps or any parts.
  • After pumping, clean the pump and its parts thoroughly. Learn more here.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect any surface you touch.

Learn more about pregnancy, breastfeeding and COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For questions or concerns, please contact your obstetrics doctor. You may also contact our QCARE Special Additions maternity nurse at 1.800.235.7111 ext: 5294 or