Unfortunately, we still don’t know enough! But some comforting indications that pregnancy might not increase the risk of the virus to mum and bub –
For expecting families, preparing for a new baby during a pandemic may be nerve-wracking.
Unfortunately, it’s still too early to draw many solid conclusions about how the novel coronavirus affects pregnant women and their babies.
But physicians and researchers continue to observe and collect anecdotal evidence – and in the meantime, hospitals are putting in protections like limiting visitor policies out of an abundance of caution.
“This is brand new for everyone and we have very little data to guide us,” says Roger Smith, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist and service chief for obstetrics at Michigan Medicine’s Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. “We’re learning more as we go but we need further research to better understand how the virus affects moms and their babies.”
“Our top priority continues to be keeping our patients safe.”Smith, who is part of the team overseeing labor and delivery policies during the pandemic at Michigan Medicine, discusses some of the top concerns about pregnancy and COVID-19.
1. Does COVID-19 impact pregnant women differently?
We have been watching this closely. People with some health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease, have a higher risk of becoming sicker from COVID-19.
But at this time, there isn’t any evidence to suggest that pregnant women without underlying health conditions are more likely to have serious complications, be hospitalized or need ICU care if they are infected with the virus. However, we still don’t have enough data to be 100% certain of this.