To date, pregnant women do not appear to be at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID‑19) than the general public.
In studies of pregnant women infected with the virus responsible for COVID‑19 around the world, none of the babies were infected during pregnancy. The virus responsible for COVID‑19 was not detected in the amniotic fluid, placenta or breast milk of the infected pregnant women. No cases of congenital abnormalities caused by the virus responsible for COVID‑19 were observed.
However, due to the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy, pregnant women are at higher risk of developing complications following a respiratory infection. The more serious the symptoms and the complications, such as pneumonia, the more significant the potential consequences are for the pregnant woman and her unborn child.
At this time, there is insufficient evidence on the coronavirus disease (COVID‑19) to determine whether or not pregnant women and their unborn children are more at risk.
Preventive measures that apply to the general public also apply to pregnant women.
- you travelled in another country in the last 14 days;
- you had contact with a person who has COVID‑19.
For a Safe Maternity Experience Program
In Québec, pregnant or breastfeeding workers may be eligible for preventive re-assignment under the For a Safe Maternity Experience Program (in French only). Specific recommendations have been issued for pregnant women who work in health care settings, including medical clinics. Not all pregnant workers require a preventive re-assignment.
Last update: March 25, 2020