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Home > Health Library > COVID-19: Advice if You're Pregnant, Recently Pregnant, or Breastfeeding
There are things you can do to protect your health and the health of your baby.
You are at higher risk for getting seriously ill from COVID-19 if you are pregnant or were recently pregnant. That's because pregnancy causes changes in the body that may raise the risk for some infections. 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.
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.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Immunization, Infectious Disease, and Public Health Preparedness Expert Work Group (2020, updated 2021). Practice advisory: COVID-19 vaccination considerations for obstetric–gynecologic care. https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-advisory/articles/2020/12/covid-19-vaccination-considerations-for-obstetric-gynecologic-care. Accessed August 4, 2021.
Current as of:
July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
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