Pregnant and worried about Coronavirus? Here’s how to stay safe

    Updated 22 April 2022 |
    Published 27 March 2020
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    It’s very common to be worried about catching COVID in pregnancy, but there are things you can do to try to keep yourself and your baby safe. Here the United Nations sexual and reproductive agency share their top tips

    We all know that our bodies change during pregnancy, but did you know your immune system can be affected too? 

    Sometimes pregnant people are more likely to pick up infections because of physical changes brought on by growing a new life. That’s why it’s important to protect yourself and your baby from viruses like COVID. 

    After all, more than two-thirds of women who test positive for coronavirus have no symptoms, according to new research. However, pregnant people have an increased risk of ending up in the hospital if they catch COVID, especially in the third trimester.

    You also have a higher chance of needing hospital care if you catch COVID and:

    That said, it’s important to try to manage stress around COVID. Speak to family, friends, or your health care provider about your concerns. Physical exercise can also help you manage stress, as long as you follow pregnancy guidelines. You could also try calming breathing techniques like meditation or sign up for a prenatal yoga class. 

    Knowing some steps you can take to help keep you and your baby safe can soothe anxiety, too. Here, the experts at the UNFPA share their top tips.


    “Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Postnatal Period.” WHO. Accessed April 19, 2022.

    “COVID-19, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Breastfeeding: Answers from Ob-Gyns.” ACOG. Accessed April 19, 2022.

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    Medically reviewed by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency

    Published (27 March 2020)

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