If you or someone in your family is pregnant during this COVID-19 pandemic, it may feel like a worrying time. It’s important that you have good, reliable information about what to do to keep safe, and about your maternity care and what you can expect when you give birth.
If you have any concerns about your baby or your own health, it’s important you contact your maternity team. Don’t worry that you might be bothering them - they want to hear from you. Make sure you have an emergency number to ring if you are worried - ask your midwife if you don’t have one already.
If your baby’s pattern of movements changes or slows, please call and speak to your maternity team straight away – don’t wait until the next day.
We recommend you follow these links to read reliable, evidence-based advice and information specifically for pregnant women, produced by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
This information is updated regularly as new data becomes available.
The advice covers:
- General advice for all pregnant women during the coronavirus pandemic
- Advice for all pregnant women about attending antenatal appointments and your care during the coronavirus pandemic
- Information for all pregnant women about birth choices and birth partners during the coronavirus pandemic
- Advice for pregnant women who have suspected or confirmed coronavirus infection
- Advice for women with suspected or confirmed coronavirus infection who have recently given birth
- Guidance for pregnant women who work in a public-facing role
The RCM also has coronavirus Q&As for pregnant women and families.
NHS England has information
- specifically about coronavirus and newborn babies
- about general early signs of illness in a newborn baby
Our Safer Pregnancy website has good, straight-talking, general advice for pregnant women, with tips on staying healthy and reducing possible risks