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Pregnancy and Preterm Birth During Coronavirus

If you are pregnant and concerned about how Coronavirus could affect you and your baby, you are not alone. There is a lot of speculation around COVID-19 and the risk of delivering a preterm baby. We are here to provide validated information and empower you through credible facts and advice provided by World Health Organization (WHO) and other reputable organisations.


According to scientists, there is currently no evidence to suggest that you are at higher risk of contracting Coronavirus than anyone else. However, during pregnancy, changes in your body and immune system, could put you at risk of some respiratory infections. It is therefore important that you take extra steps to protect yourself against the Coronavirus, and report possible symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing to your healthcare provider.

If you have Coronavirus, the risk of passing it to your baby during pregnancy is thought to be low. So far, there is no evidence that the virus can be transmitted before birth (this is called vertical transmission). However, once your baby is born, he/she can contract the virus like anyone else – through contact with your respiratory droplets.


COVID-19 – Coronavirus is a new virus and there is little data available to identify whether having it increases your risk of having a preterm delivery. Premature births have been reported in some cases where mothers have Coronavirus, however it is not clear that these outcomes were related to the infection. In situations where mothers have been unwell, some have chosen to deliver their baby(s) early.
This is something you can discuss with your doctor if it becomes a concern for you.

Did you know that on a normal day, 1 in 10 babies are born too soon (regardless of COVID-19). The WHO and other reputable authorities report that common causes of preterm births include infections and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. For this reason, it is still advised that pregnant women take extra care to avoid contracting Coronavirus through suggested personal hygiene practices and social distancing.


  • Wash your hands regularly and frequently using soap and water for 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • Exercising social distancing when in the presence of other people. This means keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other individuals
  • Avoiding contact with anyone who has a fever, cough or symptoms of a cold or chest infection. This includes loved ones.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Staying at home unless it is a necessity to leave
  • In some cases, wearing a mask when out of the house to prevent sick people coughing and sneezing on you.

With over 100 years of infant care experiences and inspired by 40 years of research on breast milk and early life nutrition, Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition combines science and experience to support parents and health professionals. We are constantly striving to improve our products for mothers, infants and young children.

At Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition, we support the world public health recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) which recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continued breastfeeding for up to two years. and beyond, associated with the safe introduction of appropriate complementary foods.

Alternating breastfeeding and bottle-feeding during the first weeks of life can reduce the amount of breast milk available. It is difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed. The social and financial implications of using infant milk must be taken into account.

Please consult a health care professional to make an informed choice about feeding your baby milk and solid foods (after six months).

Note that improper use of infant milk or improper foods or feeding methods can pose a health risk. If you are using infant milk, you should carefully follow the manufacturer’s directions for use – failure to follow instructions can make your baby sick.

Some local regulatory authorities in Africa require changes to the primary and / or secondary packaging of our products.

Therefore, the appearance and feel of our products may vary slightly from country to country to comply with local regulations.

To make sure you get the right product for your country, please consult your healthcare professional to help you make the right choices for your baby.


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Breastmilk is the ideal food for infants: it is best adapted to their specific needs. A healthy and balanced diet of the mother is important for the preparation and continuation of breastfeeding. Mixed breastfeeding can interfere with breastfeeding and reduce milk production. It’s hard to reverse the choice of not breastfeeding. If an infant formula is used for a non-breastfed baby, it is important to carefully observe the instructions for preparation and use and to follow the advice of the medical profession. Incorrect use could pose a risk to the child’s health. Socio-economic implications must be considered in the use of infant formula. After 6 months, in addition to breastmilk, water is the only essential drink. Do not hesitate to consult your health care professional if you need advice on feeding your baby.