Self-Monitoring and Developing COVID-19 During Pregnancy

If you develop any of the following symptoms please call your doctor or midwife for guidance.  

  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath (even when you’re not active)
  • Fever
  • Sore throat 

Anyone with severe respiratory illness or a medical emergency should go to hospital or call 911. Tell the operator if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19. 

You can complete an online self-assessment if you think you have COVID symptoms. View the COVID-19 & Pregnancy brochure or visit www.healthunit.com.  

Staff from the birthing centre will be calling you in advance if you are scheduled for an induction or c-section. During this call, they will be screening you for COVID symptoms. Doctors and Midwives are trying their best to test any patients with COVID-related symptoms before they come to hospital so that we can prepared for them on their arrival. This will limit exposure to other patients and staff.

When you arrive at the hospital please be honest about any symptoms you are experiencing for everyone’s safety.  It’s also very important that your partner or support person is truthful when they are screened as well. We know this is an incredibly special time that no new parent wants to miss however, if they are sick this places your baby, and others, at risk.  Partners or support people will not be permitted to enter the hospital if they have symptoms of COVID. We would suggest that you have an alternate support person who could come in their place.

If you fail screening at the hospital entrance, you will be asked to wear a mask, and be placed in a separate area while waiting, until you are screened more carefully.  The medical team will ask more questions to determine your risk for COVID and your need to be tested.