The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 3 July 2020

About COVID-19 and pregnancy

At present, there are no indications that pregnancy is a risk factor for severe illness from COVID-19. However, falling ill towards the end of the pregnancy might imply difficulties. It is therefore important to follow our advice on avoiding infection.

There are few studies of pregnant women with COVID-19, and only a limited amount of information is available.

If you are pregnant

It is important to avoid getting infected prior to giving birth because a respiratory infection towards the end of the pregnancy can be difficult and might imply risks to the pregnant woman. We recommend that pregnant women take extra precautions from week 36 and follow our recommendations thoroughly. This includes:

  • Avoid contact with people who are ill.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep your distance from others both indoors and outdoors.
  • Avoid gatherings in public places, for example buses, restaurants and shops.
  • Avoid parties, funerals, christenings or weddings where many people gather.

If you are pregnant and at risk for severe illness

The risk of getting seriously ill increases for pregnant women with risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes. Therefore, if this applies to you, be extra careful. Consult your midwife or doctor and limit close contact with people outside your household as much as possible.

Newborn babies

Mother-to-child transmission of COVID-19 during pregnancy is unlikely. Children can be infected with COVID-19 but severe illness is very rare in newborn babies and in children. Therefore, healthy newborn babies do not need to be separated from their mother after delivery due to the risk of transmission.

Breastmilk is not a source of transmission and there is no reason to prevent mothers from breastfeeding.