This information is current as of March 31st 2020.

Can Covid-19 be transmitted from mother to fetus during pregnancy?

There is currently SOME evidence that women can infect their babies with Covid-19 while pregnant or through giving birth to them. The amount of patients studies, however, is very small.

A baby born to a mother infected with COVID-19 had elevated IgM antibody levels 2 hours after birth. IgM antibodies are not transferred to the fetus via the placenta. The mother’s vaginal secretions were negative for SARS-CoV-2. This suggests (BUT DOES NOT PROVE) that the baby was infected in utero.

The infant potentially could have been exposed for 23 days from the time of the mother’s diagnosis of COVID-19 to delivery.

Another report of 6 infants born to infected mother with mild symptoms found that all 6 infants had IgM antibodies in their blood. None of the infants had shown evidence of symptoms as of the time of publication.

Although infection at delivery cannot be ruled out, IgM antibodies usually do not appear until 3 to 7 days after infection.

A previous report in a small number of deliveries did not confirm any transmission from moms to babies.

Even if confirmed, therefore, this still does not appear to be a high risk of in utero transmission

Can Covid-19 cause infertility?

Studies have not been done to see if having COVID-19 could make it harder to get pregnant.

Can Covid-19 cause male infertility?

A report published online that suggested the novel coronavirus – Covid19 may lead to male #infertility has now been removed. There is NO EVIDENCE currently that Covid-19 infection leads to male #fertility problems.

The report was based on a THEORY which has NOT been proven or even studied.

The THEORY is based on the fact that a receptor that is used by Covid-19 to enter the cells called #ACE2 is also found in the testes.

What happens if I contract Covid-19 while I am pregnant?

There is also no evidence, so far, that pregnant women who contract Covid-19 are at risk for becoming more ill than anybody else. This is different than the flu which does put pregnant patients at greater risk.

There are two reported cases of women who did not appear to be sick prior to delivery, who shortly after delivery became very ill and needed care in the intensive care unit.

Does infection with Covid-19 increase my risk for pregnancy complications like miscarriage?

We have no information, at all, about whether women infected with Covid-19 are at greater risk for miscarriage. However, prolonged, high fevers in pregnancy FROM ANY CAUSE, particularly in the 1st trimester, have been linked to some birth defects. With ANY viral infection during pregnancy, the fetus is at risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, growth restriction, and malformation