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COVID-19: Advice if You're Planning a Pregnancy, Pregnant, Recently Pregnant, or Breastfeeding

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Overview

There are things you can do to protect your health and the health of your baby.

Experts recommend getting the COVID-19 vaccine if you are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant, were recently pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

If you're pregnant or were recently pregnant

You are at higher risk for getting seriously ill from COVID-19 if you are pregnant or were recently pregnant. And having COVID-19 while pregnant increases your risk of preterm labor and stillbirth. The same steps that can help prevent COVID-19 will also help prevent other viral infections, like colds and the flu.

If you're breastfeeding

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:

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Call if you become sick

Call your doctor if you have any symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19, like a fever, a cough, or shortness of breath.


Credits for COVID-19: Advice if You're Planning a Pregnancy, Pregnant, Recently Pregnant, or Breastfeeding

Current as of: June 28, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine


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