For expecting families, preparing for a new baby during a pandemic may be nervewracking.
Unfortunately, it’s still too early to draw many solid conclusions about how the novel coronavirus affects pregnant women and their babies. But physicians and researchers continue to observe and collect anecdotal evidence and in the meantime hospitals are putting in protections like limiting visitor policies out of an abundance of caution.
3. Are there risks of transmitting the virus from mom to infant? So far we have not seen any indications that COVID19 can be transmitted to an unborn baby. After birth, we know that transmission is possible if there’s exposure to a COVID19 positive caregiver including the mother. Nonetheless we need more research to guide us and until then we must take all measures to protect newborns from exposure including from family members who may be infected.