Coronavirus / COVID-19
The following comes from the most recent update from the Royal College of Midwives information for pregnant women about the virus. What things can I do to prevent becoming infected with COVID-19? The most important thing to do is to wash your hands regularly and effectively as soon as you come from public places to your home or workplace. There is useful advice here on the best way to do this to reduce any infection risk, not just for COVID-19, but for other things like colds and flu. Public health bodies also recommend that, where possible, you may wish to avoid crowded places. If you are planning to travel abroad please check updated Government information. What about my baby; how can this affect them if I am pregnant? This is a very new virus. We are just beginning to learn about it and there is very little research about it. For most people, the impact of the virus is relatively mild, similar to flu. Current research, published in The Lancet, found that that there is no evidence that COVID-19 causes serious problems in young babies or that it can pass to your developing baby while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant you are more vulnerable to getting infections than a woman who is not pregnant. How the virus will affect you is not yet very clear. If you are unwell you should contact 111 for advice and the maternity unit looking after your pregnancy. What about after the birth if I am suspected having the virus or have the virus?
Covid-19 is passed by person to person contact. The current advice for those who are suspected of having the virus, if at home is to self-isolate and call 111 for advice. If you are still receiving care from your midwife you need to inform her also, so your care can be adjusted accordingly. Repost @birth_ed