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:
There is advice for pregnant women during the pandemic, from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM). This information is updated regularly as new data becomes available, and 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
- Information about COVID-19 vaccines, pregnancy and breastfeeding
The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have also published an information leaflet and decision aid on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy.
There are coronavirus Q&As for pregnant women and families, from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
There is guidance about parents being with their baby on a neonatal ward, from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM)
NHS England has information
- specifically about coronavirus and newborn babies
- about general early signs of illness in a newborn baby
- for professionals about steps to take to allow partners to attend appointments with pregnant women and to visit them in hospital.
Public Health England (PHE) also provides information on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines when given in pregnancy.