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Home > Health Library > COVID-19: Advice if You're Pregnant or Breastfeeding
There's a lot we don't know about COVID-19 yet. This includes whether the virus can cause problems during pregnancy and whether it can be passed to the baby during birth or breastfeeding. Experts are studying the virus and learning more about it every day. There may soon be clearer guidance for pregnant women and new mothers. In the meantime, there are things you can do to protect your health and the health of your baby.
Pregnancy causes changes in the body that may raise the risk for some infections. Pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill from respiratory infections, like the flu. So it's important to try to avoid infections. The same steps that can help prevent COVID-19 will also help prevent other viral infections, like colds and the flu. These steps are the same for all of us:
Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about your baby's risk of infection.
If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, like a fever or a cough:
Call your doctor if you have any symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19, like a fever, a cough, or shortness of breath.
Current as of:
June 18, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: June 18, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
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