Coronavirus (COVID19): Advice during pregnancy

All pregnant women should follow the government advice on coronavirus:

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This guidance was published on 11 May 2020. As this is a fast-moving situation, will be reviewing and updating the guidance as it changes. Please keep checking this page for updates.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has released information for pregnant women and new mums. It includes advice for pregnant women who are working, and those who are healthcare professionals.

The NHS website for advice on appointments, scans, labour and birth.

For further information, have a look at the World Health Organisation's information on COVID19 - pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.

At the moment, it's expected that most pregnant women will experience mild or moderate cold or flu-like symptoms.

Pregnant women have been placed in the 'vulnerable group' by the Chief Medical Officer. There is no evidence to suggest being pregnant means you're more likely to get coronavirus. However, for a small number of women, it does mean being pregnant may change the way their body handles severe viral infection.

If you're pregnant and have an underlying health condition, such as asthma or diabetes you may be more unwell if you develop the virus. If you have significant heart disease, congenital or acquired, you are considered extremely vulnerable and should follow the government advice and guidance.

Yes, as long as you are well – it's really important that you attend your routine appointments. If you are unwell, contact your community midwife to postpone your visits until the isolation period is over.

Maternity care is essential. It has been developed over many years to reduce complications in mothers and babies. Not attending appointments can increase the risk of harm to you and your baby.

You should still have a whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination – ideally between 16 and 32 weeks. Talk to your midwife or general practice nurse about getting the vaccine. GOV.UK has more information on vaccinations that help protect you and your baby during and after pregnancy.

For more information on coronavirus and pregnancy, have a look at The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

It's that time of year when we cannot make enough vitamin D from sunshine. To keep bones and muscles healthy, it's best to take a vitamin D supplement every day between October and early March. Just 10 micrograms a day is all you need – it's the same for kids and grown-ups. Vitamin D supplements are available from most pharmacies, supermarkets and other retailers. You just need 10 micrograms a day.

There have been some news reports about vitamin D reducing the risk of coronavirus. However, there is no evidence that this is the case.

Find out more about vitamin D.

Yes. If you are pregnant and need some help with shopping, medication or other essential supplies – get in touch with the Royal Voluntary Service. You can also call them directly on 0808 196 3646 (8am-8pm) to arrange volunteer support.

Understandably, you may be worried and have lots of questions at this time. Have a look at Tommy's mental wellbeing page for advice on taking care of yourself before, during and after pregnancy.

If you or someone you know needs help and advice – there is support available from Safe Lives and GOV.UK.

If you're pregnant, you should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine in order of age, alongside everyone else.

It's preferable that you have the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine because they have been more widely used during pregnancy and have not caused any safety issues. If you've already had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for your 1st dose and did not have any serious side effects, you should have it again for your 2nd dose.

Before you have the vaccination, speak to your doctor or another healthcare professional. They can discuss the benefits and risks and answer any questions you may have.

There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine has any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

Read about the: COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website.

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