Coronavirus and Pregnancy
April 20th, 2020
The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists has released official guidelines to outline information for pregnant women and new mums surrounding the recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Try not to worry and follow any advice in these guidelines (15/04/20)
Are pregnant women more likely to catch coronavirus?
The RCOG says pregnant women do not appear to be more susceptible to the virus than the rest of the public, although at this point the data available is limited.
There is also no evidence which suggests that Covid-19 increases the risk of miscarriage or early pregnancy loss.
“This self-isolation for 12 weeks is a precautionary measure to reduce the theoretical risk to the baby’s growth and risk of preterm if the mother becomes unwell.”The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
How long should pregnant women self-isolate?
As like everyone else, all pregnant women are advised to avoid unnecessary contact with people and going out of the house, expect in special circumstances.
If after 28 weeks (third trimester) you should be attentive to social distancing and minimise contact with others. You should only go out for exercise, avoiding contact with others.
What effect does Covid-19 have on pregnant women?
Pregnant women have been placed in the vulnerable group by the chief medical officer. This is not because there is any evidence to suggest that they are more likely to contract the infection. However, we have known for years that for a small proportion of women, pregnancy can alter how severe viral infections are handled by the body. Therefore, placing women in this category is precautionary.
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.
Should I still attend my antenatal appointments?
Yes, if you are well – it’s 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.
I’m feeling anxious – where can I get help?
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.
Can coronavirus be passed to your baby?
On 9 April scientists in China said there is a chance Covid-19 may be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy, despite no direct evidence pointing to this method of transmission.
The latest NHS guidelines and information about Coronavirus and pregnancy, can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/pregnancy/coronavirus-covid19-advice-during-pregnancy/