OB/GYN Dr. Evelyn Minaya explains there are approximately 23,000 pregnant women who have tested positive for COVID-19 in America, and around 5000 of them have been hospitalized. She says around 200 have ended up in the ICU and there have been 55 COVID-related deaths in pregnant women, per CDC statistics.
She says being pregnant does not increase someone's risk of catching the virus, but women who have other pre-existing morbidities like heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, or diabetes have an increased risk for COVID.
As for whether a COVID-positive mom will transfer the virus to her baby, she says there is a lot about this concern that is still unknown.
She notes in one small study in China, the cord blood, amniotic fluid, and breast milk all tested negative in 9 moms who had COVID and were exhibiting symptoms. Their babies also did not have the virus. In another similar study, 30 moms and babies were tested and 3 babies were positive but the study could not determine if the transmission of the virus occurred after the baby was born via interactions with people who were sick or from the infected mother.
In the video below, we meet mom Blanca, who shares her incredible and harrowing story of giving birth while in a COVID coma. Find out what she learned about giving birth during the pandemic.