Medically reviewed by
Dr. Eric Coughlin
McLeod OB/GYN Associates
“We know that people with compromised immune systems, such as patients with cancer or diabetes, are at greater risk for COVID-19,” says McLeod OB/GYN Dr. Eric Coughlin. “We know that in pregnancy a woman experiences changes in her body and some of them may increase her risk of infections. We are aware that viruses similar to COVID-19, such as influenza (flu) and SARS-CoV, put pregnant women at a higher risk of developing severe respiratory illness; however, as of now (March 27, 2020), there is a lot we don’t know.”
According to the American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:
THINGS TO KNOW
Check with your OB/GYN about visitor limitations in your hospital’s Labor & Delivery. At McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Health Dillon, McLeod Health Clarendon, and McLeod Health Loris, “Birthing mothers may have one support person for the duration of the stay.”
AFTER THE BABY ARRIVES
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE
As the number of COVID-19 cases increase, more data and information will become available about the impact on a pregnant person, her fetus and new born baby. This article will be updated as that information becomes available.
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Sources include: McLeod Health, Academy of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, The Lancet, March of Dimes, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)