July 21, 2020

Are Pregnant Women at Higher Risk of Getting the Coronavirus?

Are Pregnant Women at Higher Risk of Getting the Coronavirus?

COVID-19 has put life on hold for so many of us, but infertility patients should not have to waste precious time due to this pandemic. In recent months we have received many questions about safety and health regarding treatment and pregnancy risks associated with the coronavirus, such as, are pregnant women at higher risk of getting the coronavirus? We would like to address some of those here. If you have more questions, please talk to us and we will do all we can to put you at ease and find the plan that works best for you.

Are pregnant women at higher risk of getting the coronavirus?

Pregnant women do not appear to be at increased risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 when we compare cases to non-pregnant women. This is especially positive news when we look at past viruses, such as H1N1, where we saw an increased risk for pregnant women.

Do pregnant women have more severe or extreme symptoms of COVID-19?

Due to the age range of pregnant women, the majority of cases have resulted in mild symptoms and full recovery.

What can pregnant women or women trying to conceive during COVID-19 do to stay healthy?

The same advice applies to pregnant women and women trying to conceive: be vigilant with physical distancing, masking, and hand hygiene. Do not take unnecessary risks like being in large crowds or attending events where others are unmasked or not standing at least six feet apart.

At the Fertility Centers of New England, we have many safety protocols in place to help keep you and our team healthy during this crisis. This includes masks, hand sanitizer, and distancing in the office, as well as offering telehealth virtual appointments with our doctors. You should not have to wait to move forward with the dream of building your family. Let’s get started.

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Danielle Vitiello, Ph.D., M.D.

Danielle Vitiello, Ph.D., M.D. Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility