Q. What is the main advice for pregnant women?
There is no evidence that pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill from coronavirus, but pregnant women have been included in the list of people at moderate risk (clinically vulnerable) as a precaution.
Pregnant women should follow the latest government guidance on staying alert and safe (social distancing) and avoid anyone who has symptoms suggestive of coronavirus. If you are in your third trimester (more than 28 weeks’ pregnant) you should be particularly attentive to social distancing.
Key advice for pregnant women during the pandemic:
- Follow the guidance on staying alert and safe (social distancing) for the general public and clinically vulnerable people, including pregnant women (this guidance covers England only – if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should follow the specific advice in those parts of the UK)
- Keep mobile and hydrated to reduce the risk of blood clots in pregnancy
- Stay active with regular exercise, a healthy balanced diet, and folic acid and vitamin D supplementation to help support a healthy pregnancy
- Attend all of your pregnancy scans and antenatal appointments unless you’re told not to
- Contact your maternity team if you have concerns about the wellbeing of yourself or your unborn baby
More information on pregnancy and coronavirus is available on the NHS website.
What should I do if I develop symptoms of coronavirus?
- The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
- If you think you may have symptoms, use the NHS 111 online service/NHS 24 in Scotland for information and advice, and follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection.
- You should tell your midwife or maternity team that you have symptoms of coronavirus.
- If you feel your symptoms are worsening or if you are not getting better, this may be a sign that you are developing a more significant infection that requires specialised care. You should contact your maternity team, GP, or use the NHS 111 online service/NHS 24 in Scotland for further information and advice. In an emergency, call 999.
- Seek medical advice as early as possible if you have any questions or concerns about you or your baby.