COVID-19: I am pregnant. What precautions should I take?
You should be in touch with your primary care provider for advice as to whether it is physically and psychologically safe for you to continue at work.
There is currently no evidence that those who are pregnant are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 or experiencing more serious outcomes from the disease. However, right now there is only limited data available about COVID-19 and pregnancy. Out of an abundance of caution, the following is recommended:
- Pregnant employees concerned about exposure to the virus should discuss with their employer options to be moved to an area where their risk of exposure is minimal. Your employer must ensure adequate infection control and personal protective measures are in place.
- If you require an accommodation because of your pregnancy status, the regular procedure is to be followed: contact your supervisor to request an accommodation, which could include alternate duties or allowing you to work from home if possible. If neither is possible, you may be placed on sick leave or paid general leave, depending on your employer and your specific circumstances.
- It is always important for pregnant workers to protect themselves from illnesses and take the appropriate steps to avoid and prevent infection. Following safe work procedures, wearing PPE as required, regular hand washing and other hygiene measures can help reduce the risk of getting an infection or spreading infection to others.
Find more information about pregnancy and COVID-19 here:
- BCCDC and Ministry of Health - Supplemental statement regarding COVID-19 and pregnancy
- BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 - Pregnancy
- Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada - COVID-19 Information
- HealthLinkBC COVID-19
*for pregnant workers talking with their primary care provider, the HealthLinkBC site notes that the Reproductive Infectious Diseases Service at BC Women’s Hospital is available for phone consultation for health care providers of pregnant women with documented or suspected COVID-19 in pregnancy (604-875-2161).