Fact Checked

Pregnant During COVID-19? Here’s What You Need to Know

Covid-19 and pregnant woman

Covid-19 and pregnant woman. (Image Credit: Shutterstock)

Even in the best of times pregnancy can be one of the most stressful periods in a woman’s life, so as COVID-19 sweeps across the planet, it’s no surprise that parents-to-be might find things more overwhelming than ever. However, if you’re currently expecting, there’s no need to panic! We’re here to help. This article will provide information about the implications of COVID-19 and how to ensure you have a happy, healthy pregnancy despite the added challenges.

What Is COVID-19?

COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus, originated out of China back in December 2019 and rapidly spread across the globe in the months after. The first case was confirmed in the US on January 20th, 2020[1], and by April it was detected in every US state.

The disease itself has a high infection rate and is spread via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks in the close proximity of others. It can also be spread when these droplets settle on surfaces that people come into contact with.

Whilst some individuals are more susceptible to the illness than others, everyone is at risk of contracting the virus, and as of April 2020 cases were still rising by thousands each day, as lives under lockdown become the norm.

Are Pregnant Women More Susceptible To The Virus?

Pregnant woman feeling headache

We know that during pregnancy a woman’s immune system naturally suppresses itself to protect the baby and ensure a successful pregnancy. A consequence of this is that pregnant women are more at risk of catching the flu or certain other illnesses. So, what does this mean for pregnant women and their susceptibility to COVID-19?

Coronavirus is still a relatively new and unknown virus, with vast amounts of research and experiments conducted every day. Whilst numerous studies are still ongoing, it has been confirmed there is currently no evidence that pregnant women are at higher risk of severe symptoms than the general population[2].

An initial study of around 30 pregnant women with COVID-19 showed that they were no more likely to develop a severe illness than anyone else, and indeed they all recovered and went on to have a healthy pregnancy[3].

Should Pregnant Women Be Self-Isolating Or Social Distancing? What’s The Difference?

Self-isolation involves staying at home when you or members of your household are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 such as a fever or persistent cough. While these symptoms don’t necessarily mean you have contracted the virus, it’s best to assume you are contagious and take the appropriate action.

This is important firstly because if you are ill you should take care to rest and concentrate on your recovery anyway, but secondly, in order to make sure the disease isn’t spread further amongst the wider population. As a pregnant woman, the recommendations around self-isolation are no different to anybody else’s, especially if confirmed cases of COVID-19 are still on the rise.

Social distancing is distinct to self-isolation, as it calls upon avoiding unnecessary contact with others and non-essential trips outside of the home. If you do have to go outside for any reason, be sure to stay at least six feet away from others to minimize the risk of infection.

Pregnant women in general should not feel the need to subject themselves to any more social distancing than others; however, it has been recommended by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) that should you be over 28 weeks pregnant (third trimester), you need to be particularly careful about contact with others, and avoid unnecessary excursions beyond the home[4].

What Effect Does Coronavirus Have On Pregnant Women?

Effect of Corona Virus on Pregnant women

The effects of coronavirus on pregnant women do not seem to be any different than those of the general population. If you do fall ill with COVID-19 whilst pregnant, it is expected that you would only experience mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, cough, body aches (such as low back pain), and a temporary lost sense of smell and taste.

Of course, it’s not just the health of the mother at stake here, but also her unborn baby. In terms of the risk of passing the virus from mother to unborn child (known as “vertical transmission”), research is still underway, and doctors have left the possibility open[5].

However initial studies from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that “to date, the virus has not been found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk”[6].

There have been cases of newborns testing positive for COVID-19, but it is still debated if this was a case of vertical transmission or picked up from a contaminated environment. It will also come as a relief to know that at this time, the RCOG has found no evidence of increased risk of miscarriage in relation to pregnant women testing positive with COVID-19[7].

How Can You Reduce The Risk Of Infection?

The best way to reduce your risk of infection is through washing your hands both regularly and rigorously. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for twenty seconds, or if you are outside and come into contact with a foreign surface, use antibacterial gel. Additionally, avoid touching your face, especially your mouth and nose, as much as possible.

As mentioned before, in addition to these hygiene practices, social distancing and self-isolation are also key in the fight against COVID-19, so be sure to stay at home as much as possible, or if you have to go outside, at least six feet away from others.

One should not underestimate the importance of a healthy diet plan either, as a nutritious diet boosts the immune system and helps fight infection.


Research on the effects of pregnancy and COVID-19 is ongoing but current findings reassuringly seem to indicate no greatly enhanced risk to mothers-to-be. Nonetheless, it’s important to make sure you mitigate the risk of exposure as much as possible to ensure a happy, healthy pregnancy for you and your baby.

View More

0 Reviews for Pregnant During COVID-19? Here’s What You Need to Know

Pregnant During COVID-19? Here’s What You Need to Know
Pregnant During COVID-19? Here’s What You Need to Know User Review Rating
3 / 5.0
Pregnant During COVID-19? Here’s What You Need to Know
Write a Review Please review the Guidelines before posting

Hints on how to write a helpful review

A great review should have the following qualities:

  • A helpful review should connect and engage with the readers using personal experience.
  • An excellent review provides the readers with cogent and unbiased information necessary to help them make the best choice.
  • A review must be well-formatted to make reading easier by using multiple paragraphs and avoiding caps.
  • The primary goal of your review must remain to provide accurate and non-salesy information.
  • Above all, let your review be fair and honest.

We have high level of professional editorial section with zero tolerance policy on fake reviews.

To maintain the genuineness of our brand, we ensure all customer reviews submitted to us are verified and confirmed before publishing. Though we might not be a 100% accurate, however, we try our best to ensure being next to best. For a thorough verification of submitted reviews, we spend close to 7 working days before allowing any customer review to be published since we also work on the earliest submissions first.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

100 characters remaining.

Your Rating:05

Submitting this review means that you agree to our Review Guidelines, confirming that you are a verified customer who has purchased the product and may have used the merchandise or experienced the service, and providing only a real interaction and experience without ulterior motives or has an affiliate or business with the company in any way. By ticking this box and submitting this review, you also accept that submitting fake reviews is a violation of Health Web Magazine Terms of Use and such conduct will not be tolerated.

5000 characters remaining.

Thanks for submitting your comment!


Get the latest in healthy living, nutrition & fitness, mental wellbeing, beauty & skincare, and more, straight to your inbox!



Your Privacy is important to us

Medical Disclaimer: The content published on our website, Health Web Magazine, is to inform and educate the reader only and not a substitute for professional medical advice from your doctor or other health care provider. If you have a specific health question or concern you must consult with a qualified medical professional and in the case of an emergency, immediately contact your local emergency services. Health Web Magazine and the publisher of this content take NO responsibility for any detrimental health issues or injuries that result from following advice found in articles, reports/overviews, or other content on our website. All visitors to Health Web Magazine, particularly pregnant and nursing women and individuals taking over-the-counter or prescribed medication, must consult with their physician before starting a new supplement or making any changes to their diet or exercise plan.

All trademarks, registered trademarks and service-marks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners. © 2022. All Rights Reserved. All opinions expressed on this website are the opinion of and were written by owners/operators of this website. Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these websites published terms of use and all site policies.


All Health Web Magazine content is thoroughly reviewed and/or fact-checked by a team of health industry experts to ensure accuracy.

In keeping with our strict quality guidelines, we only cite academic research institutions, established health journals, or peer-reviewed studies in our content. You will be able to find links to these sources by clicking the numbers in parentheses (1, 2, etc.) that appear throughout our content.

At no time do we advise any of our readers to use any of our content as a substitute for a one-on-one consultation with a doctor or healthcare professional.

We invite you to contact us regarding any inaccuracies, information that is out of date or any otherwise questionable content that you find on our sites via our feedback form.