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Pregnant women and women who were recently pregnant are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Other conditions, such as being pregnant at an older age or having diabetes or obesity, can further increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This increased risk can last for at least 6 weeks (42 days) following the end of the pregnancy (postpartum).
Although the overall risks are low, when compared to women who are not pregnant, pregnant and recently pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including illness that results in admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), mechanical ventilation, and death.
It is very rare for a mother with COVID-19 to pass the virus to the unborn baby.
After birth, a baby can get the virus if the baby is exposed to it.
Ask your health care provider about ways to protect your baby. A physical barrier can also be used, such as an incubator.
Medicines and vaccines
Cleaning and personal hygiene
Other things to do
Plan with your family and health care team how to feed your baby. Current research shows that the virus may not pass to a baby through breast milk.
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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