May 29, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Pregnancy

The Impact of COVID-19 on Pregnancy

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, patients and healthcare providers have wondered about the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy outcomes. On a daily basis, statistics and recommendations related to this virus continue to evolve. Overall, we have more questions than answers in terms of both maternal and fetal effects.

Most of the available information to date is either anecdotal or derived from very small groups of patients. Fortunately, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced its plans to study pregnancy-related outcomes from COVID-19 in the United States. In particular, the NIH will examine the risk of maternal fetal transmission of the virus. Newborns will be followed from the time of delivery until their discharge from the hospital. Additionally, researchers from the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network plan to look at medical records of 21,000 women to understand the effects of COVID-19 during and after pregnancy. They will also monitor more than 1,500 pregnant COVID-19 patients for six weeks after childbirth.

We are hopeful that in the coming months this data will be able to provide more guidance regarding the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy outcomes both maternal and fetal. At Fertility Centers of New England, we maintain our commitment to patient safety, and we will continue to work diligently to help our patients build their families in the healthiest way possible.

Infertility is a life crisis and extremely stressful. Undergoing care for infertility should not be. We are committed to continue care for our patients. We remain focused, as always, on providing you with individual care that centers on you.

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For more information on COVID-19 and Infertility Treatment:

Continuing Infertility Treatment During the Coronavirus Pandemic

How Does Coronavirus Affect Fertility and Pregnancy?

Vitamin D Benefits Infertility Treatment and Could Help Fight COVID-19 

Assistance for Fertility Medications During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

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Beth Plante, M.D.

Beth Plante, M.D. Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility