Pregnant women are often worried about how a virus affects their health and that of their unborn baby. For most women with the infection, tests show the virus does not go from the mother to the baby in the womb or to breast milk.
For very few mothers with COVID-19, it is possible that the virus crossed from the mother to the baby. But it is not certain if this happened in the pregnancy or just after birth. It is important to note that none of these babies had abnormalities and were not very ill. There is also no proof of increased chance of miscarriage.
If a pregnant woman late in her pregnancy gets severe COVID-19, there may be complication. High fever from any cause can bring on labour early. So women with a high fever should go to the clinic or hospital as soon as possible.
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