Several studies show a greater risk of prematurity (baby born at less than 37 weeks) and low birth weight for babies born to mothers taking ART. This is particularly with PIs.

A British study found an overall prematurity rate of 13 out of 100 babies. This is slightly higher than the rate in HIV negative women in the UK of about 6 to 8 out of 100.

This should not be a reason for a mother to avoid ART in pregnancy. It is important to be aware of the risks and options though. Discuss them with your healthcare team. Make sure you are receiving the best possible treatment, care and monitoring for yourself and your baby in your situation.

Last updated: 1 April 2019.