The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough, making it somewhat similar to the flu. A fever is present in 83% of cases that present to hospital, 82% present with dry cough, 31% present with difficulty breathing, 11% present with body aches, 5% present with sore throat, and only 4% present with a runny nose. Severe infection can lead to lung inflammation, respiratory failure, and even death.
Currently there is no evidence that a pregnant woman infected with COVID-19 will display different, or more severe, symptoms from other people. Nor is there evidence that pregnant women are more susceptible to the infection. Furthermore, there has been no indication that COVID-19 can be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby in utero as the virus was not found in the placenta, umbilical cord, vagina, breast milk, or even the baby’s throat and nose after birth. However, there is limited information at the moment about COVID-19 and pregnancy and the impact on pregnancy and birth is not fully known.