Can a Pregnant women transmit the Corona Virus to her Baby?

What we know….

There is very limited information the healthcare community has on the spread of Corona virus to the baby. Corona virus is a new virus and information is constantly changing as new information and evidence emerge.

What healthcare professionals do know is that it can be transmitted, however the occurrence of this appears to be relatively low. For the virus to transmit to the unborn baby, it needs to pass through the placenta, which often acts as a filter and inhibits to some degree certain things from crossing over to the baby.

To date, most information is based on women in the late trimester who have had the Corona virus and studies have found some evidence of the virus being transmitted, however, research has not been able to attribute any strong link of an adverse effect of the newborn and the Corona virus. Many pregnant women who have contracted Covid19 go on to have normal healthy baby.

Prevention Tips

The best tip for pregnant women is to take precautions in getting the Coronaviurs. When you are pregnant your immune system doesn’t work as strongly, and you have an increased chance of getting the virus is you are near someone with it. The CDC lists some specific considerations for Pregnant women to reduce the chance of getting Coronavirus:

  • Do not skip your prenatal care appointments.
  • Limit your interactions with other people as much as possible.
  • Take precautions to prevent getting COVID-19 when you do interact with others.
  • Make sure that you have at least a 30-day supply of your medicines.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about how to stay healthy and take care of yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • If you don’t have a healthcare provider, contact your nearest healthcenter or health department.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any questions related to your health.
  • Seek care immediately if you have a medical emergency.
  • You may feel increased stress during this pandemic. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions and should let your health care provide know.


The university of California San Francisco is currently conducting a nation-wide called the PRIORITY study to learn more about the effects of Coronavirus in pregnant women. You can check out the information as well as participate in the study if you meet the criteria. For more information click here

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