Perinatal Support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women
Recent research from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System at Oxford University shows that women from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background make up more than half (56%) of pregnant women admitted to hospital with COVID-19. The research indicates that Asian women are four times more likely than white women to be admitted to hospital with COVID-19 during pregnancy, while Black women are eight times more likely.
If you are a woman of Black, Asian and minority ethnic background you are at higher risk of complications of COVID-19.
If you are concerned about your own or your baby's health, such as reduced fetal movements, you need to seek advice from your local maternity unit without delay.
Hospital staff are aware of the increased risk for women of Black, Asian and minority ethnic background and will prioritise consideration of any worries that you have.
All adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, need 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day and should consider taking a supplement containing this amount between September and March.
Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, which are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
You may be at particular risk of not having enough vitamin D if:
- you have dark skin (for example, if you're of African, Caribbean or South Asian origin)
- you don't often expose your skin to the sun - for example, if you always cover your skin when outside or spend lots of time indoors.
You may need to consider taking a daily supplement of vitamin D all year. Talk to a midwife or doctor if this applies to you.
If you are out in the sun for any length of time - don't forget your sunscreen!