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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for the public and professionals on the coronavirus is being updated on a daily basis. The most up to date information, guidance and answers to your questions is available at the following web links:

Information on the COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women from the government: click here

Vaccination information clips in English, Amharic, Arabic, French, Hindi, Kurdish, Somali and Spanish: click here

COVID-19 Vaccination and Pregnancy leaflet which outlines why doctors and midwives recommend that all pregnant women have their COVID vaccination: click here 

Information sheet and decision aid on the COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives: click here  

NHS pregnancy and coronavirus advice: click here

General Information and advice from the UK Government: click here

Supporting pregnant women using maternity services during the coronavirus pandemic: Actions for NHS providers: click here

How to look after yourself at home if you have coronavirus: click here

Q&A's for pregnant women and their families (from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, with input from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland: click here 

Coronavirus Q&A for pregnant women and their families from the Royal College of Midwives: click here

NHS video with sign language and subtitles ' Your pregnancy and Coronavirus': click here

Easy read COVID-19 posters covering a number of areas including lockdown, vaccines, domestic abuse and foodbanks: click here .

Advice for midwives, clinicians and NHS managers:

  • NHS England: click here 
  • The Royal College of Midwives: click here
  • Guidance for healthcare professionals on Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland: click here
  • Clinical guide for the temporary reorganisation of intrapartum maternity care during the coronavirus pandemic - 9 April Version 1: click here
  • Guidance for neonatal settings from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the British Association of Perinatal Medicine: click here 
  • Resources for professionals from the Lullaby Trust to support families to deliver safer sleep advice during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: click here
  • Perinatal support for Black, Asian and minority ethnic women during the COVID-19 pandemic - 22 June 2020 letter from NHSE/I detailing the four specific actions which should minimise the additional risk of COVID-19 for Black, Asian and minority ethnic women and their babies: click here
  • UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative - Supporting babies, mothers and families during the coronavirus outbreak: click here
  • Public Health England - A guide to COVID-19 vaccination for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant and breastfeeding - April 2021: click here

Additional national advice for women, their partners and families

A series of NHS COVID-19 leaflets for pregnant women and new mums, which have been translated into different languages, have been produced on:

A series of videos have also been produced linked to below:

Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent Chef Midwifery Officer for England and Matthew Jolly, National Clinical Director for Maternity, have produced this animation which explains how NHS maternity services have changed during this time and why it's important to keep in touch with your maternity team.

Additional information for women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds is available here

Local advice for women, their partners and families is available here.

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2019-07-03 (7)

Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/4-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (4)

Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/8-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (6)

Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/12-weeks-pregnant/ for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  

2019-07-03

Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/16-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (2)

Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (8)

Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/24-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (1)

Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/28-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (3)

Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/32-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (5)

Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/36-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (9)

Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/40-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.