HOW COVID-19 AFFECTS YOU
Research suggests pregnant women are at no greater risk of becoming more unwell than other healthy adults with COVID-19.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please self refer for a test (see: WHAT YOU CAN DO). If this comes back positive, contact your GP or midwife to see how we can help.
If you do have COVID-19, you may be slightly more likely to be admitted to hospital if you are/have:
- Pre-existing medical conditions, including diabetes
- Older than 35 years
- In the 3rd Trimester of your pregnancy
If you have had COVID-19, you may be at a slightly greater risk of a blood clot. The GP and midwife will help manage this.
HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR CHILD
There is no evidence of an increased risk of miscarriage due to COVID-19.
It may affect your babies' growth, but the evidence is still not clear. It is unlikely that it will affect their development though.
There is roughly a 5% chance of your baby getting infected if you have COVID-19 in the 3rd trimester.
There is no evidence that either a c-section or a vaginal delivery is worse for preventing your baby being infected.
There is no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted via breast milk, so it is still advised to breastfeed if possible.
The evidence so far suggests that babies tend to fare better than adults with being infected.
HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR CARE
You should continue your normal care, unless you fit the criteria for self-isolation. However, some of the appointments may be held online if it is appropriate and safe.
This includes your:
- Booking appointment (between 8 to 12 weeks)
- Dating scan (between 8 to 14 weeks)
- 20-week scan
- Routine appointments (16, 28, 34, 36, 38, 41 and 42 weeks)
- Extra appointments if this is your first baby (25, 31 and 40 weeks)
If you aren't able to attend an appointment due to self-isolation, please notify the hospital/GP.
Please bring PPE (i.e. a mask) with you to your appointment(s).
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Monitor your diet: continue taking folic acid and vitamin D supplements as recommended.
Pregnant women are classified as 'clinically vulnerable patients' as a precaution. This means you should follow government guidelines on social distancing and hand hygiene as closely as possible.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you can self-refer for a testing kit. You can do this by:
Please contact your local emergency antenatal team if you are concerned about your or your child's health.