According to the NHS, there’s no evidence that pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill from Coronavirus. However, pregnant women were added to the list of people at moderate risk (clinically vulnerable) at the beginning of the first lockdown as a precaution. This is because pregnant women can sometimes be more at risk from viruses like flu, even though it’s unclear if this happens with Coronavirus, it’s, therefore, safer to include pregnant women in this group as it is a new virus.
It’s been advised that you should stay at home as much as possible and follow social distancing guidelines by staying at least 3 steps away from other people, avoid anyone who has Coronavirus symptoms, and wear a mask during appointments and scans.
Although there’s no evidence that having Coronavirus affects how your baby develops during pregnancy, not being able to see loved ones during this time, can seriously impact mother-to-be’s mental health. Two-thirds of parents (68%) reported that their ability to cope with their pregnancy has been impacted by COVID-19 in a recent survey and almost 87% of parents said they felt more anxious as a result of COVID and lockdown.