Updated Advice for Pregnant Women
There is still a lot of confusion amongst pregnant women about social distancing and being told they must self-isolate so we would like to point out this is what the official guidance says.
This guidance will be updated on a regular basis as new data becomes available.
Links to the full articles are at the bottom but here are some of the main points.
The guidance says: –
“As a pregnant woman the news that you were placed in a ‘vulnerable group’ by the chief medical officer on Monday 16 March may have caused you concern.
“We would like to reiterate that the evidence we have so far is that pregnant women are still no more likely to contract the infection than the general population.
“What we do know is that pregnancy in a small proportion of women can alter how your body handles severe viral infections. This is something that midwives and obstetricians have known for many years and are used to dealing with.
“What has driven the decisions made by officials is the need to restrict spread of illness because if the number of infections were to rise sharply the number of severely infected women could rise and this could put the lives of some pregnant women in danger.
“Our general advice is that:-
- If you get infected with COVID-19 you are still most likely to have no symptoms or a mild illness
from which you will make a full recovery
- If you develop more severe symptoms or your recovery is delayed this may be a sign that you are
developing a more significant chest infection that requires enhanced care, and our advice remains
that if you feel your symptoms are worsening or if you are not getting better you should contact
your maternity care team or NHS 111 straight away for further information and advice.
- If you are well at the moment and have no complications in any past pregnancies the following
practical advice may be helpful
“If you have a routine scan or visit due in the coming days please contact your maternity unit for advice and to agree a plan. You will still need to attend for a visit but the appointment may change due to staffing requirements.
“If you are between appointments, please wait to hear from your maternity team
“If you are attending more regularly in pregnancy, then your maternity team will be in touch with plans
- Whatever your personal situation please consider the following:-
If you have any concerns you will be able to contact your maternity team as usual but please note they may take longer to get back to you
If you have an urgent problem related to your pregnancy but not related to Coronavirus, get in touch using the same emergency contact details you already have. Please do not contact this number unless you have an urgent problem
If you have symptoms of Coronavirus, contact your maternity service and they will arrange the right place and time to come for your visits. You should not attend a routine clinic.
You will be asked to keep the number of people with you to a minimum. This will include to being asked to not bring children with you to maternity appointments.
There may be a need to reduce the number of antenatal visits you have. This will be communicated
with you. Do not reduce your number of visits without agreeing first with your maternity team.
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
- Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidancefor more information
- Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.
We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible