TRICARE FAQs: COVID-19 and Pregnancy

5/21/2020

Now more than ever, you may have questions about your TRICARE benefit. You can find answers on the TRICARE Coronavirus FAQs page. You’ll find a categorized list of questions posed by beneficiaries like you. And TRICARE doctors and policy experts answer your questions.

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and pregnancy.

Question: Are pregnant women at a higher risk for infection? Are they at greater risk for severe illness or death?

Answer: Pregnant women experience changes in their bodies due to pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this may make them more likely to get viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. Pregnant women should avoid people who are sick. They should maintain healthy habits like social distancing, washing hands, and cleaning food preparation areas and frequently touched surfaces.

Question: Are pregnant women with COVID-19 at greater risk for pregnancy loss, including miscarriage and stillbirth?

Answer: Currently, no information exists on adverse pregnancy outcomes in pregnant women with COVID-19. High fevers during the first trimester of pregnancy can increase the risk of certain birth defects.

Question: Can a pregnant woman with COVID-19 pass the virus to her fetus or newborn during delivery?

Answer: Experts don’t know the complete answer to this question. However, the virus that causes COVID-19 mainly spreads by close contact with an infected person through droplets from coughing or sneezing. In a recent study of a small number of infants born to mothers with COVID-19, none of the infants tested positive for COVID-19. The virus wasn’t noted in the amniotic fluid or breast milk.

Question: Is a mother with COVID-19 a risk to a breastfeeding infant?

Answer: There’s no evidence that the COVID-19 virus spreads through breast milk.

According to the TRICARE Maternity Care Brochure, guidelines for getting care vary based on your TRICARE program option and whether you live stateside or overseas. Maternity care services may require referrals and/or pre-authorizations.

Learn more about TRICARE maternity care and understand your newborn benefit.

The TRICARE Coronavirus FAQs page is updated often. Stay safe, and stay informed.

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Last Updated 6/23/2020