On Saturday 21st March, the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists published initial advice to women regarding pregnancy and Covid-19.

"We would like to reiterate that the evidence we have so far is that pregnant women are still no more likely to contract the infection than the general population. What we do know is that pregnancy in a small proportion of women can alter how your body handles severe viral infections. This is something that midwives and obstetricians have known for many years and are used to dealing with."

Their general advice is that:

  • If you are pregnant and infected with COVID-19 you are still most likely to have no symptoms or a mild illness from which you will make a full recovery
  • If you are pregnant and 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 enhanced care, and our advice remains that if you feel your symptoms are worsening or if you are not getting better you should contact your maternity care team, NHS 111or local alternative straight away for further information and advice.

The RCOG have provided helplful additional information in this document, in section 2.