Pregnant during COVID-19? Here’s a guide on everything you need to know.

Being pregnant and giving birth is an important event in any parent’s life. It is a significant and emotional moment which in the time of COVID-19, can mean an additional layer of stress and fear. A brochure for soon-to-be parents was developed by CHU Sainte-Justine, in collaboration with CHU de Québec–Université Laval, CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS, CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and the McGill University Health Centre. The Guide to Pregnancy and Baby's Arrival During the COVID-19 Pandemic helps them through what to expect when pregnant and giving birth during the pandemic.

Despite the pandemic, the MUHC continues to care for roughly the same number of patients before, during and after both low and high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Karen Wou, Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist at the MUHC, and one of the contributing authors explains, “Having a baby during the pandemic is a difficult experience and we, at the MUHC, hope to support all our patients during this otherwise beautiful journey for parents and babies. The obstetric team at the MUHC is fully committed to provide the best care during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The comprehensive guide explains how expecting parents can cope with COVID-19 risks during pregnancy, breast feeding and the importance of self-care.