Peripartum Cardiomyopathy(PPCM) may easily be misdiagnosed as many other respiratory diseases including Coronavirus. Although pregnant women do not appear to be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 or suffering severe sickness based on observations from China many of those who are expecting understandably have questions and concerns.
Pregnant people with COVID-19 are more likely to experience preterm birth (delivering the baby earlier than 37 weeks) and might be more likely to have other poor outcomes related to pregnancy compared to pregnant people without COVID-19. Other poor pregnancy outcomes, such as pregnancy loss, have been reported.
See the latest data on birth and infant outcomes among pregnant women with COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, talking with your healthcare professional might help, but is not required.
If you are pregnant and have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine
If you would like to speak to someone about COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, you can contact Lumin Diagnostic Services. Lumin experts are available to answer questions in English or Spanish by phone or chat. The free and confidential service is available Monday–Friday 8 am–5 pm (local time).
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The same general rules apply to both pregnant and non-pregnant adults:
Pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections. With viruses from the same family as COVID-19, and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza, women have had a higher risk of developing severe illness. It is always important for pregnant women to protect themselves from illnesses.
"CDC encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID-19. The vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as we face the highly transmissible Delta variant and see severe outcomes from COVID-19 among unvaccinated pregnant people. "
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