Dorthy Rand

Pregnant during COVID-19? Tips to stay safe

Pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with nonpregnant people. Andrea Edlow, M.D., a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, says that’s why it’s very important for pregnant people to take this virus seriously and get vaccinated.

These six things can help you stay safe during your pregnancy. Make sure to always check with your obstetrician or other health care provider if you have questions.

  1. Ensure you and those who live with you get vaccinated if they are eligible. Remember that if you are getting a two-dose vaccine series, like Moderna or Pfizer, you will not be considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after receiving your second dose.

  2. Limit in-person interactions with people who may have been exposed to the virus, including those people in your household.

  3. Wear a mask in indoor public places. Keep space between yourself and others in crowded spaces.

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