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What’s normal during pregnancy – and when should I go to the clinic?

Many mothers are worried about their pregnancies and COVID-19. Here is some information about what is normal for pregnancy, what could be due to anxiety or a cold, what could be a pregnancy complication and what could be symptoms of COVID-19. Heart palpitations: these are usually from a lot of stress and worry or could […]

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What happens when I go into labour?

Women who may have or have COVID-19 can have normal labour and there is no need for a special type of delivery such as caesarean section. Skin-to-skin care and breastfeeding should start at birth. All women arriving at a facility in labour must wear a cloth mask and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. If […]

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What should I do if I don’t feel well in pregnancy?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and/or you have other pregnancy symptoms that worry you like bleeding, reduced movements of the baby, breaking of waters; you must attend your facility. A cough must not prevent you from getting the necessary care for you and your baby. Be sure to first tell the health care worker of […]

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How will I be treated if I get sick with COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19 In early pregnancy, if your are not ill, you will be managed at home (self-isolation) or in a place with other people with COVID-19. In later pregnancy (after 5 months) you will be managed at home (mild symptoms and not in labour), in a safe place with other people […]

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What must I do if I have Symptoms of COVID-19?

Pregnant women with any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, dry cough, sore muscles, sore throat, not able to smell or taste, difficulty breathing, overwhelming exhaustion) need to be tested. Please phone the hotline (0800 029999) or your local antenatal clinic to find out where to go for testing or whether you need to call an ambulance to […]

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Should I still go to the clinic during pregnancy?

Yes, pregnant women should continue attending their planned antenatal visits. Wear a cloth mask. When you arrive at the facility, you will be asked questions about COVID-19, have your temperature checked and asked to use hand sanitiser. If you have symptoms (fever, dry cough, sore muscles, sore throat, difficulty breathing) you will be cared for […]

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Are pregnant women more at Risk for COVID-19?

In general, pregnant women are more likely to catch seasonal “flu”, and to have worse symptoms from flu-like illnesses. Medical professionals recommend seasonal flu injections for pregnant women. The COVID-19 vaccine is not universally available yet. So far, there is no proof that COVID-19 causes worse infection in pregnant women. But, if you have any […]

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Can the Coronavirus affect my Pregnancy?

Pregnant women are often worried about how a virus affects their health and that of their unborn baby. For most women with the infection, tests show the virus does not go from the mother to the baby in the womb or to breast milk. For very few mothers with COVID-19, it is possible that the […]

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What’s Different for Pregnant and Postnatal Women in the Time of COVID-19?

The symptoms and signs of COVID-19 are the same in pregnant women as the general public. Everyone should take care to avoid infection or infecting others. You can help protect yourself by doing the following: Wear a cloth mask in public. Wash hands as often as possible with soap for 20 seconds (or use alcohol […]

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Mindfulness: Noticing and Breathing

LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD IN: Welcome to this noticing and breathing exercise. Perhaps you have already listened to the first two exercises, introducing the practice of breathing to calm your nervous system and meet the everyday challenges wisely and with kindness. It’s great when we can find a few moments to stop, become still and breathe, but […]