COVID-19 links to pregnancy problems under investigation

A small number of stillbirths, potentially associated with a condition called ‘COVID Placentitis’ in mothers who recently had COVID-19, are being scientifically investigated.

Women should be reassured that the vast majority of women who have COVID-19 during pregnancy show mild symptoms and will go on to deliver healthy babies. Large-scale surveillance data in the U.K. has not shown higher incidence of stillbirth.

Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should continue to observe the recommended hand hygiene and social distancing precautions. Pregnant women within the priority groups can get vaccinated from 14 weeks gestation. Women within the priority groups who are planning pregnancy should ideally receive the vaccine before embarking on pregnancy or fertility treatment. Women can safely commence fertility treatment within a few days of receiving their second dose of the vaccine.

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