TUESDAY, April 7, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- High blood pressure during pregnancy can put mother and baby at risk during normal circumstances. But with the novel coronavirus spreading rapidly, many are wondering how this highly contagious threat may affect them.
The good news is, thus far, nothing researchers have learned about COVID-19 raises additional concerns for pregnant women – even if their blood pressure runs high, or if they have been diagnosed with problems such as gestational diabetes. The bad news is, because the virus is new and relatively unstudied, there's still a great deal researchers don't know.
"Researchers are still learning how COVID-19 affects pregnant women," said Dr. Lisa Hollier, chief medical officer for Texas Children's Health Plan and a past president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, known as ACOG. "It's important for women who have medical complications to stay in very close touch with their OB-GYN and other health care professionals who are taking care of them during their pregnancy."