We’ve gathered together 3 great on-line resources, focused on COVID-19 and pregnancy. We hope you find this useful.
- 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.
- World Health Organisation's information on COVID19 - pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. Great advice with useful Q&A section with advice on diverse subjects including breast feeding, adolescents, contraception and much more.
How does coronavirus affect pregnancy?
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.
Should I attend my antenatal appointments?
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.
Am I getting enough vitamin D?
To keep your bones and muscles healthy, it's best to take a vitamin D supplement every day between October and early March. This is especially important as many of us have been indoors more than usual this spring and summer.
You can get vitamin D from most pharmacies, and supermarkets and other retailers – this applies to adults and children.
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.
I am not feeling safe at home - where can I get help?
If you or someone you know needs help and advice – there is support available from Safe Lives and GOV.UK.