If you are pregnant, you might be concerned about the impact of corona virus (Covid-19) on you and your baby.
Transmission of COVID-19 from mother to baby during pregnancy is uncommon, and the rate of infection is no greater when the baby is born through SVD (Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery), breastfed or allowed contact with the mother, according to a new study.
All available evidence suggests that pregnant women are at no greater risk of becoming seriously unwell than other healthy adults if they develop corona virus. The large majority of pregnant women experience only mild or moderate cold/flu-like symptoms. Cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache and loss or change to your sense of smell or taste is other relevant symptoms.
If you think you may have symptoms of corona virus you should use the HOL online service for information. 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 specialized care.
Following instructions should be followed to reduce the risk of catching corona virus during pregnancy:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Use a tissue when you or anyone in your family coughs or sneezes, discard it and wash your hands
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of corona virus (these symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough)
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport
- Work from home
- Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family; keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet and social media
- Use telephone or our HOL online services to contact doctor or other HOL services.