Are pregnant women at more of a risk for COVID-19?
- There is no evidence that shows pregnant women are at more of a risk to get COVID. Although, studies show that respiratory viruses are especially dangerous to pregnant women.
- Respiratory viruses pose a threat to pregnant women, whose lungs are already working harder than usual.
- Pregnancy also dials down the immune system to avoid any harm to the baby.
What are the risks of pregnant women with COVID-19?
- Pregnant women with COVID-19 are at higher risk of hospitalization and severe disease than women who are the same age and not pregnant.
- Pregnant women who are hospitalized have a 60% higher chance of being admitted into the ICU.
- Women with COVID-19 have a 3x higher risk of delivering pre-term compared to those without the disease.
Can the virus be passed down to the fetus?
- Studies show that transmission of COVID-19 from the mother to the fetus (vertical transmission) is very rare.
- Babies who have been born of infected mothers have not experienced any negative effects.
- COVID-19 has not been linked to an increase in stillbirth or stalled fetal growth.
- Scientists have found antibodies of COVID-19 in the umbilical cord of women who have been infected, but it is still unclear whether or not this will affect the fetus.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for pregnant women?
- During the COVID-19 vaccine trials, pregnant women were excluded. Therefore, there is not enough evidence to show what exact risks there are that could affect pregnant women.
- Although it is suggested that women who are pregnant and have underlying conditions or work the frontlines get vaccinated, with the consent of their physician.