Pregnant women

Health experts do not yet know if pregnant women are impacted by COVID-19 in the same way as other people. However, pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk from some infections.

World Health Organisation (WHO) advice

Reviewed 21 January 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published some guidance on their website.


New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists advice 

Reviewed 21 January 2021

On 17 April, the New Zealand College of Midwives and RANZCOG released guidance for caring for pregnant women who may have COVID-19.

Hapū Māmā advice

Reviewed 21 January 2021

Ongoing maternity care is essential. There are time-sensitive actions that are needed for some women in their first trimester to avoid potential harm and death. Hapū Māmā Connecting has developed a template to help GPs give women the clinical and wrap around support they support they need – this is particularly important for those women who have yet to be connected with a midwife. 

Other useful resources from Hapū Māmā: