For parents-to-be, planning for a new baby is a time of great joy and excitement. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has left many expectant parents worrying about how they can stay safe and healthy. Unfortunately, because the virus is still relatively new, scientists haven’t had enough time to research how it may affect pregnant women and their growing babies.
If you’re on the path to parenthood and wondering if you should attempt getting pregnant in the midst of a pandemic, you may have mixed feelings about how to proceed. The frustration and uncertainty of when the COVID-19 pandemic will end have many couples who want to get pregnant feeling frustrated and wondering if they should wait until the curve flattens before attempting to conceive. This is obviously discouraging and not ideal if you have decided you are at a place in life where you want to have children and don’t want to put it off.
The answer to whether you should delay getting pregnant because of the pandemic isn’t cut and dry. It would be best if you took the risks pregnant women face into consideration when deciding whether this is the best time for you to conceive. There are other considerations you must make, as well, such as your prenatal care, which has changed in the age of COVID-19, where some appointments have moved to telehealth video conferences rather than in-person visits.
You should also take into account how pregnancy or having a newborn baby at home would look for you amid the pandemic. For example, you should not have visitors come to your home when you bring home the new baby, because of the importance of social distancing to slow down infection rates. The inability to show off your newborn is often highly distressing for new parents who want to welcome friends and family to meet their new arrival. You may have other personal considerations to make when it comes to having a baby, such as the security of your income and job stability during the pandemic.
While there is no blanket answer about the safety of getting pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic, each couple must weigh the pros and cons of whether this is the right time to try to conceive.
Are Pregnant Women at Higher Risk of Contracting the Virus?
Pregnant women may have a higher risk of getting COVID-19, because of the changes their bodies go through impact the immune system and make them more susceptible to certain illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also published an analysis in June 2020 that pregnant women are more likely to be hospitalized in intensive care and put on a ventilator compared to others. However, there is very little reported data, and many medical experts must use their best judgement when treating pregnant patients.
Because there are so many unknowns about how the virus impacts pregnant women, it’s important to follow safety precautions such as social distancing and wearing personal protective equipment like a face covering or shield when you must be out in public.
Learn More About COVID-19 & Pregnancy
With the guidance of fertility expert and board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Mark Denker, expectant parents can learn how to keep themselves healthy during the pandemic and ask questions during a live-stream webinar.
The webinar, hosted by Palm Beach Fertility Center Medical Director and fertility specialist Dr. Denker, will be held on Sunday, July 19th, at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Find out what you need to know if you're starting your family. Seats are limited to the first 100 people, book your seat now. Click here to register for the live Q&A and ask all your questions from a board-certified OB/GYN and fertility specialist!