Antenatal care during the pandemic
Here’s what life will be like being pregnant during Covid-19
Being pregnant in the middle of a world-wide pandemic naturally has its challenges but you will receive the care you need throughout. Here’s what you can expect from your antenatal care at the moment.
The first thing to be aware of is that it’s crucial you tell your midwife or maternity team should you have symptoms of COVID-19.
The NHS is clear that if you’re pregnant your chance of getting COVID-19 is not higher than anyone else and it’s very unlikely you’ll get seriously ill with it.
Appointments and scans during the pandemic
You still need to go to all of your pregnancy (antenatal) scans and appointments unless you're told not to.
Your regular appointments and scans during your pregnancy will go ahead as planned although there are some changes you can expect.
Some changes in your appointments you may experience include:
- some midwife appointments are online, by phone or by video call
- you may be asked to wear a mask or gown when you're in a hospital or clinic
- some appointments may be cancelled or rescheduled – your appointment will be rescheduled or you'll be able to rebook
These changes/guidelines are simply to help keep everyone safe and stop the spread of COVID-19.
If you're unsure if you can bring your partner to your appointment, ask your midwife or maternity team prior to your appointment.
Other important information from the NHS
Advice from the NHS clearly states the importance of following social distancing advice throughout your pregnancy and especially once you reach more than 28 weeks pregnant (in your 3rd trimester).
As soon as you find out you're pregnant do speak to your GP or midwife as you would usually do.
Your healthcare team will support you and give you all the information you need. They'll also make sure you receive safe and personal maternity care.
While pregnant it's important to follow these guidelines:
- wash your hands regularly
- stay at home as much as possible and follow the advice on social distancing, such as staying at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people
- stay away from anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19
- If you’re more than 28 weeks pregnant it’s especially important to follow this advice.