Pregnancy in the Pandemic
Being pregnant is nerve wracking and scary enough, without the added anxiety of a pandemic! Here are some FAQ’s surrounding coronavirus and pregnancy to hopefully somewhat calm your nerves.
Can I get the vaccine if I’m pregnant?
This is unfortunately a bit of a confusing and unclear answer – initially, there was guidance that pregnant and postnatal women shouldn’t get the vaccine as trials on pregnant women or those who are still breastfeeding have not yet been carried out. However, it is now advised that if you are clinically vulnerable, you should chat to your doctor about the potential of getting the vaccine. There is no suggestion that the vaccine would be unsafe for pregnant women, so if you are high-risk or a key worker, discuss it with your GP. The latest news is that if you are breastfeeding you are able to get the vaccine as there is not yet enough data about it being harmful to you. Keep updated with your GP as this news can change.
Can someone be with me in the room while I give birth?
During lockdown 1.0, birth partners weren’t allowed in the room during labour, which was heartbreaking. However, luckily these rules have been largely relaxed. It is still worth checking with your local maternity unit, as rules can differ throughout the country. Nevertheless, the NHS has officially allowed partners into the room for active labour, with this exact time frame differing in different areas.
Am I more at risk of coronavirus because I’m pregnant?
Studies have shown that being pregnant alone does not increase your risk of becoming seriously ill with coronavirus. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t follow all guidelines though – keep social distancing and stay home, particularly if you are in your third trimester.
How can I keep myself and my baby safe?
The best way to keep yourself as safe as possible is to follow the government guidelines where you live – use face coverings where necessary, avoid public transport and social distance as much as possible. Keep yourself moving and active to reduce the risk of blood clots during pregnancy, and to keep your mental health in check.
Should I still attend my antenatal scans and appointments?
You should attend your pregnancy scans, unless you are advised otherwise. If you develop coronavirus symptoms, isolate and reschedule your appointments for when your isolation period has ended. Keep in regular contact with your midwife so that you can ensure you’re both up to date on the current guidelines.
Could I pass coronavirus onto my baby if I catch it?
Evidence currently suggests that transmission from you to your baby while pregnant is incredibly rare.
Hopefully this has given you some clarity around the murky waters of coronavirus and pregnancy – the main things to keep in mind are just to continue as normal as you can, focusing on your health and that of your soon-to-be born baby! And remember to enjoy this time, it is still a magical and wonderful bonding experience for you and baby. Mindfulness techniques will work wonders to block the outside noise and stay optimistic.