Can Coronavirus Affect Your Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is an exciting — and stressful — time. Your mind races with a zillion questions and concerns ranging from mild (but not silly — there are no silly questions when you’re pregnant) to very serious.

A common question is how illness affects the baby while you’re pregnant. You should always let your doctor know if you develop a fever during pregnancy because certain viruses may affect your baby’s health. Examples include:

cytomegalovirus (CMV)
Zika virus
parvovirus B19
In 2019, a new virus hit the world scene and spread rapidly: a novel coronavirus, responsible for the respiratory disease COVID-19. With Zika virus and its risks of birth abnormalities still fresh on many people’s minds, pregnant women may have added another worry to their growing lists.

And in 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO)Trusted Source declared the global outbreak of COVID-19 a “public health emergency of international concern.” Those are some scary words.

COVID-19 is still a new disease that hasn’t been well studied. How it affects pregnant women and their developing babies isn’t fully known. And that’s nerve-wracking.
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