Covid-19: Tips and facts for pregnant women

What's the risk of getting infected during and after pregnancy? How does the infection manifest itself in pregnant women, how to prevent it and what to do if you experience any symptoms?

  • The risk of getting infected and the symptoms are the same for pregnant and nonpregnant population.
  • Available data do not indicate that pregnant women experience worse course of the infection.
  • There is no evidence of mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy or childbirth. The virus was not found in amniotic fluid, nor in breast milk.
  • Fever can be treated with acetaminophen or paracetamol if necessary.
  • If the woman experiences severe symptoms (e.g., breathing problems), she must be transported to hospital to be closely monitored.
  • Infection should not be a reason for separation from the newborn if the mother is in good condition. However, precise hand hygiene and wearing a face mask is required before, during and after breastfeeding. Always consult such situation with your doctor.

If you experience symptoms such as cough, fever and shortness of breath, stay home and call your GP. State you are pregnant.

If you test positive for coronavirus, call your midwife or gynecologist and ask them for further instructions.