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If I get coronavirus before I deliver, can it hurt my baby?

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There’s no evidence so far that coronavirus itself can lead to birth defects, miscarriage, or any other problems. But fever in early pregnancy, from COVID-19 or any other cause, can raise the risk for birth defects. And severe respiratory illnesses late in your pregnancy can make you more likely to deliver your baby prematurely. Some babies born to mothers who had coronavirus were born preterm. But it’s not clear if the virus was to blame.

From: Coronavirus and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, the James Robert McCord Professor & Chair, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine.

UpToDate: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Pregnant and worried about the new coronavirus?”

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pregnancy & Breastfeeding.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on March 23, 2020

SOURCES:

Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, the James Robert McCord Professor & Chair, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine.

UpToDate: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Pregnant and worried about the new coronavirus?”

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pregnancy & Breastfeeding.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on March 23, 2020

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