A common question as we get back to the clinic to help you build your family is the question about the risks of early pregnancy during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is reasonable to question if there are risks to the mother and baby if infection with the novel coronavirus occurs during a pregnancy.
Around the world, data is being generated and disseminated about pregnancy and COVID-19, however it is still too early to be able to understand the full picture. We do think there may be risks of a more severe infection during pregnancy if other health issues exist, and the potential for early labour. There are theoretical risks when we think about how a COVID-19 infection affects health, disturbing the immune and vascular system in addition to flu-like illness,. These systems are vital in the maintenance of early pregnancy and normal placental function. However, we don’t have estimates of miscarriage risks yet. These data will be more and more available in the coming months, and your doctor will share this information with you as we learn more.
For those who are currently pregnant or currently contemplating a procedure to conceive, we are hopeful that taking all precautions possible to prevent a COVID infection is the best option. This includes following the principles of social distancing, hand hygiene and wearing a mask outside of the home at all times.
If you have specific concerns, or wish to discuss your personal risks further, please make an appointment with your physician to discuss further.