Avoiding potential exposures to COVID-19 during pregnancy

Pregnant patients should follow CDC guidelines on mask wearing, social distancing of at least 6 feet, and frequent hand washing. There is growing evidence that COVID-19 may be spread through airborne transmission at distances greater than 6 feet, especially in poorly ventilated areas, so crowded areas should be avoided as much as possible. If you must run errands or go to public places, try to take your trips early in the morning or late at night when stores and shops are less likely to be crowded.

Self-quarantine is not specifically recommended in the weeks leading up to your delivery date, but it is important to know that contracting COVID-19 near the end of your pregnancy may make your labor and delivery experience more complicated. It is important to minimize your potential exposures during pregnancy, especially near the late third trimester. Due to widespread community transmission in most areas, it is almost impossible to eliminate any chance of contracting the virus, but being mindful about high risk activities can lower your exposure risk.