Updated 6 April 2020
If you are pregnant, the continued spread of COVID-19 is likely to raise questions as to how it may affect you and your pregnancy. We take a look at the current information available.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is part of the coronavirus family that also includes includes the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
– A cough
– A temperature of above 38°C
– Shortness of breath 1
How can I reduce the chance of catching it?
There are a few precautions you can take that can help stop your family contracting COVID-19, or indeed any virus. If you have a family member who is immune-compromised, you need to take extra special care.
Encourage all of your family members to wash their hands thoroughly, and regularly, rubbing vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and then dry hands and fingers thoroughly on a clean towel. Hands should be washed before eating, after sneezing, coughing or nose blowing, and after using the toilet. Hands should also be washed when you get home from being out and about.
If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitiser gel.
Encourage all members of your family to cough or sneeze into their elbow or a tissue. Use tissues also for nose blowing and put any used tissues straight in the bin.
Don’t share cups, utensils, drinks or food and try not to touch your face, especially eyes, nose or mouth. It is not recommended that you use a mask if you are well.
Disinfect surfaces such as door handles, benches, and taps. There is no evidence at this time that COVID-19 can be transmitted by pets.
If I have COVID-19 – can I pass is to my baby ?
It is not known at this time if COVID-19 can be passed to a fetus or the baby during the birth process.
Does my breastmilk contain the COVID-19 virus?
The Ministry of Health advises that there is no evidence that breastmilk contains the COVID-19 virus.1
Who should I talk with someone about Covid-19 and my pregnancy?
You should talk with your Lead Maternity Caregiver or call Healthline free on 0800 358 5453.
For the latest information on the novel coronavirus, visit the Ministry of Health website.
Read information from the World health Organisation about pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding who.int
Although we make every effort to ensure the information we provide is accurate and up-to-date, the information contained in this website is not intended and must not be taken to be the provision or practice of medical advice or services nor a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have questions, concerns about your health or treatment or would like more information, contact your doctor. Always see your doctor or other qualified health professional before starting or changing any treatment.