COVID-19 and Pregnancy: 3 Steps to Stay Safe
COVID-19 and Pregnancy: 3 Steps to Stay Safe (Text Version)
[Illustration of a pregnant woman wearing a mask over her nose and mouth]
- Know the Facts
- COVID-19 can spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Some people with COVID-19 may have no symptoms.
- Pregnant women with COVID-19 may be more likely than nonpregnant women to need care in an intensive care unit (ICU) or need a ventilator for breathing support. But the overall risk of these outcomes is low.
- Slow the Spread
- Wear a mask or cloth face covering over your nose and mouth while in public.
- Clean hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Stay home as much as possible while the virus is spreading.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from other people if you need to go out.
- Talk with Your Ob-Gyn
- Prenatal and postpartum care: Your visit schedule may change, or you may have some visits over the phone or with a two-way video call on your computer. Before an in-person visit, tell your ob-gyn if you think you may have COVID-19 or contact with someone who has it.
- Your birth plan: In most cases, the way you plan to give birth does not need to change. And the safest place for you to give birth is still a hospital or accredited birth center.
- Visitor policies: You may not be able to have as many visitors at your checkups or during and after birth while COVID-19 is spreading.
Learn more: www.acog.org/COVID-Pregnancy
PFSI024: This information is designed as an educational aid to patients and sets forth current information and opinions related to women’s health. It is not intended as a statement of the standard of care, nor does it comprise all proper treatments or methods of care. It is not a substitute for a treating clinician’s independent professional judgment. For ACOG’s complete disclaimer, visit www.acog.org/WomensHealth-Disclaimer.
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