Studies show that pregnant people have a slightly higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. The National Board of Health and Welfare considers that serious COVID-19 during the later stages of pregnancy increases the risk of premature birth. Therefore, if you are more than 20 weeks pregnant, you are considered to be in a risk group. According to The National Board of Health and Welfare, there are other factors that might increase the risk of serious COVID-19 such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. If this applies to you, consult your midwife or doctor.
Pregnant people who are not vaccinated are recommended to be extra cautious and follow our general guidelines during the whole pregnancy.
How to protect yourself and others from being infected with COVID-19
Get vaccinated against COVID-19
Vaccination against COVID-19 is recommended because the vaccines provide good protection against serious illness and reduce the risk of premature birth.
Someone who is pregnant and vaccinated against COVID-19 has equally good protection against the disease as other people who have been vaccinated. Risk groups, including pregnant people who are vaccinated with two doses, can follow the same recommendations that apply to everyone.
Most people who become ill with COVID-19 develop some sort of immune response and get a protection against serious illness. If you are pregnant and have had confirmed COVID-19, you have the same protection as other people who have had the disease. Vaccination against COVID-19 is recommended even if you previously have had COVID-19.