COVID-19 and Pregnancy

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The information on this page on Coronavirus Disease 2019 – COVID‑19 – comes directly from the CDC website. Check that for the most current information on COVID‑19, as well as the Wyoming Department of Health website for updates on COVID‑19 in Wyoming.

Because COVID‑19 is a new disease, scientists are still learning about its effects on people and how it spreads. Currently, there isn’t enough information to know whether pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID‑19 than other people. If you do get the disease, it’s unknown whether you have a greater chance of developing a serious illness.

The changes in your body as a result of pregnancy may increase your risk of some infections, and pregnant women tend to have a higher risk of getting serious respiratory infections from viruses in the same family as COVID‑19.

Symptoms of COVID‑19 that may appear 2-14 days after you have been exposed:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

If you develop these symptoms, call your doctor.

It is not known if COVID‑19 can cause problems during pregnancy or cause problems for babies after they are born to mothers with COVID‑19. So far in limited studies, no babies born to mothers with COVID‑19 have tested positive for the virus.

In limited studies, the virus has not been found in samples of breast milk. If you are confirmed to have COVID‑19, you should talk to your doctor about breast feeding and what will be the best approach to prevent spreading the virus to your baby.

Pregnant or not, you may be able to protect yourself from contracting the virus and spreading it by social distancing (staying about six feet away from others), avoiding people who are sick or may be sick, and washing your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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