In general, pregnant women are more likely to catch seasonal “flu”, and to have worse symptoms from flu-like illnesses. Medical professionals recommend seasonal flu injections for pregnant women. The COVID-19 vaccine is not universally available yet.
So far, there is no proof that COVID-19 causes worse infection in pregnant women. But, if you have any other chronic illnesses such as TB, high blood pressure, heart disease, HIV, diabetes or are overweight/obese, you may get the COVID-19 illness worse than other people. Most women with COVID-19 in pregnancy can self isolate and be managed at home. For the few (less than 10%) who need to be in hospital, it is mostly in the last 3 months of pregnancy, This is a time for pregnant women to be very careful about preventing infection.
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