Pregnancy and COVID-19

Plan your care with your health provider. Many hospitals and birth centers are limiting visitors.

Stay healthy, stay home

Stay healthy for yourself and for your baby. Practice physical distancing and good hygiene. 

Pregnant people so far seem to have similar risk as people who are not pregnant. But it is always important to protect against COVID-19 and other respiratory infections.

Combine visits or get prenatal care remotely

It is important to keep all your prenatal care appointments.

Ask your provider about combining visits and having remote appointments. This will help avoid exposure to COVID-19.

Adjust your birth plan to minimize visitors

Speak with your provider to help you adjust your birth plan. Make sure your provider is communicating with your Ob-Gyn team. Agreeing on emergency care is especially important.

Many hospitals and birth centers are limiting visitors during the COVID-19 outbreak. You may be able to have only 1 support person with you.

Have your baby in the hospital if you are sick

If you have COVID-19 symptoms when your labor starts, you will need to deliver in the hospital. 

Tell your provider, so they can prepare to care for you during labor.  They can also minimize risk of exposure to your baby.

Preparing for hospital births

Bring everything you need for your time in the hospital, including clothes and food. Hospitals may be limiting visitors.

Home births

Talk to your provider about whether a home birth is an option for you. Your health and access to healthcare will be considerations.

Resources for stress and domestic violence

Call your healthcare provider. You can also call the 24-Hour TALK Line at 415-441-5437 at Safe and Sound for parenting support.

The COVID19 pandemic may cause increased stress, conflict, and even violence involving pregnant people and their families. See domestic violence resources.

Last updated April 29, 2020