Pregnancy and COVID-19: What to know

When it comes to COVID-19 and pregnancy, there are some unknowns since the disease is so new and researchers haven’t had time to study it extensively. However, experts at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital say the best things expectant mothers can do are to keep up with their providers’ recommended prenatal healthcare, practice good health habits and keep up to date on and follow CDC recommendations.

“Pregnant women should keep up with their scheduled prenatal appointments, unless otherwise advised by their healthcare provider. While we are working every day to limit non-essential visits, unless you are notified by your obstetrician or midwife of changes in your scheduled visits, please do keep them ,” said Dr. Kjersti Aagaard, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor and Texas Children’s and an expert in maternal-fetal health. “If you are pregnant and are experiencing any symptoms worrisome for COVID-19 disease or have been in contact with anyone known to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, then it is important to contact your doctor or midwife before coming into the clinic or hospital. Your healthcare providers will be able to guide you on next steps.”

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