COVID-19 and pregnancy
We know that many people may be feeling worried or anxious about their pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic and are confused about what to do.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has released the following pregnancy advice:
1. At this time, pregnant women do not appear to be more severely unwell if they develop COVID-19 infection than the general population. It is expected the large majority of pregnant women will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu like symptoms.
2. For women who are trying to conceive or who are in early pregnancy, there is:
- No evidence to suggest an increased risk of miscarriage with COVID-19.
- No evidence that the virus can pass to your developing baby while you are pregnant.
- No evidence that the virus will cause abnormalities in your baby.
3. For women receiving antenatal care, some changes to minimise risk include:
- Reducing, postponing and/or increasing the interval between antenatal visits
- Shortening the duration of antenatal visits
- Using telehealth consultations as a replacement, or in addition, to routine visits
- Avoiding face to face antenatal classes
- Limiting visitors (partner only) while in hospital
- Earlier discharge from hospital than would otherwise be planned
4. Women who breastfeed their babies should also continue to do so
This is a rapidly changing situation, so please visit the Department of Health and Human Services and the RANZCOG website for ongoing updates about pregnancy and COVID-19.
For information on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), call the Australian Government's National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 or Nurse-on-Call on 1800 675 398.