FAQs: Covid-19 and Pregnancy

Am I more likely to get COVID-19 during pregnancy?

People who are pregnant seem to contract COVID-19 at similar rates to people who are not pregnant. Due to normal changes in pregnancy, you may be more likely to become very sick from viral infections. So while most pregnant people with COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, there may be a slightly higher risk of serious illness.

Does COVID-19 cause pregnancy complications?

Pregnant patients who become very sick may have an increased risk of preterm delivery. However, most people who have COVID-19 in pregnancy do not have complications.

Is it safe for me to come to the hospital? I'm worried that I might get infected by being there.

Pella Regional is taking extraordinary precautions to keep our patients and staff healthy. This includes a limit on visitors to one healthy support person during childbirth and during the stay. Visit our Serious About Safety page for more information.

Can my baby get COVID-19 if I have COVID-19 during pregnancy?

Almost all babies born to people with COVID-19 have not been infected. Those that are infected may have been exposed after birth.

Will I be tested for COVID-19 prior to delivery at Pella Regional?

For the health and safety of parents and newborns, all patients will be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission. Testing protocols will vary for planned vs. traditional labor.

What will happen if I have COVID-19 at the time of delivery?

Your delivery team will wear special equipment (including a mask, eye protection, gown and gloves) to help protect against infection. With appropriate precautions, the risk to a newborn is low and you do not need to be separated from your baby. 

Are there visitor restrictions?

You can have one support person the whole hospital stay. They may come and go but they are the only ones that will be able to visit the Family Birthing Center during the duration of the stay.

Can I breastfeed if I have COVID-19?

Yes. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most infants. Limited studies have not found the virus in breast milk and your breast milk may provide antibodies to help protect your newborn. If you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19, precautions to avoid spreading the virus include washing hands before touching your baby and wearing a mask. If you choose to express breast milk with a manual or electric breast pump, wash your hands before touching any pump or bottle parts and clean the pump and parts after each use. Consider having someone who is not sick feed your baby the pumped milk.

Visit the CDC's website for the most up-to-date information about breastfeeding precautions for COVID-19.

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

If you have fever, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of your sense of smell, or exposure to someone with known COVID-19, you should call your provider’s office. Your provider will tell you if you need to come to the hospital or stay at home. Most people will be able to stay at home and monitor their symptoms.

I am pregnant, can I get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should talk with your provider about the vaccine when it becomes available to the public.