The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have updated their guidance regarding Covid19 and pregnancy. Two thirds of pregnant women who are Covid19 positive will not have any symptoms.

For the 1 in 3 who do experience symptoms, this will usually be mild and cold and flu like in nature. The risk of intensive care admission is extremely low at 1 in 5,000.

Pregnant women are more at risk of severe illness if they acquire Covid19 during their third trimester. They have an increased chance of premature birth. Therefore the president of the RCOG and CEO of the RCM advise pregnant women to continue to socially distance and have good hygiene such as thorough handwashing, and also to attend their pregnancy care appointments whether online, by telephone or face to face.

It is now understood that fluid repellent surgical type 3 ply face masks are more effective than cloth face coverings. Therefore it is advisable to wear a medical facemask when attending appointments.

Evidence based information about coronavirus in pregnancy can be found here.

For those in vulnerable groups, with underlying health conditions and front line workers who may have been offered the vaccine whilst pregnant, there is information about covid vaccination in pregnancy here.

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