COVID-19: Latest guidance for pregnant women

Achieving pregnancy, either naturally or through assisted fertility treatment, is a special moment filled with joy, excitement and (sometimes) disbelief!

At Fertifa, we understand that the current situation with COVID-19 may be causing you anxiousness or stress. To help ease your mind, Dr Gedis Grudzinskas has dissected the latest guidance from Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG).

Please get in touch if you, or your employees, have any other questions or concerns around how COVID-19 may be impacting your, or your baby’s, health.

Risk to pregnant women

Research has shown that pregnant women who contract significant respiratory infections in the third trimester (i.e. after 28 weeks) are more likely to become seriously unwell.

In turn, it is suggested that this may lead to pre-term birth of the baby with the aim for the mother to recover through improving the efficiency of her breathing.

Of course, the result of this has been that the Government have taken a precautionary approach to ensure all pregnant women are included in the ‘vulnerable’ group and should make every attempt to self-isolate, work from home and avoid contact with those that aren’t part of the same household.

There is a lack of evidence with respect to COVID-19 and the impact that this has on pregnancy. However, given the symptoms show an adverse impact on respiratory functions, the guidance above continues to stand. 

Risk to the baby

As it stands, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 causes problems with the baby’s development or causes miscarriage.

Similarly, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be passed from the mother to the unborn baby. Further comfort can be found in the fact that no previous coronavirus has been shown to cause any fetal abnormalities. In Asia, routine scans indicate that this is likely to the case for COVID-19.

The guidance from the RCOG caveats this by saying that it is not possible to give absolute assurance to any pregnant woman that contracting COVID-19 carries no risk to her baby or to her (over and above that experienced by a non-pregnant healthy individual).


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