Coronavirus: How will it affect my pregnancy, scans and the birth?

Now - with many lockdown restrictions lifted - some people are questioning why they can go to the pub, but may not be able to share such important life moments.Now - with many lockdown restrictions lifted - some people are questioning why they can go to the pub, but may not be able to share such important life moments.

What are the Covid-19 rules when you are pregnant?

The NHS says there's "no evidence pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill from coronavirus".

Most will experience mild or moderate symptoms, like any other healthy adult.

But pregnant women have been included in the list of people who are clinically vulnerable, as a precaution.

This is because coronavirus is still not fully understood, and pregnancy makes you more vulnerable to some other viruses.

If people do become seriously ill during pregnancy, research suggests it's most likely to be in the third trimester.

As the coronavirus pandemic spread, there was a major focus on protecting the NHS - to make sure it was not overwhelmed and that hospitals and GP surgeries didn't become a source of infection spread.

The aim was to minimise the number of people with possible Covid-19 coming into healthcare settings and spreading the virus to staff and patients.

The rules have now been relaxed to a certain extent - although to help keep hospitals "Covid-secure", visitor numbers are limited and people coming in for surgery are being asked to have a coronavirus swab first.

But posts

have questioned the consistency of the rules - especially when compared to the relaxation of other Covid-19 restrictions.

Across the UK, mothers should be allowed to have a birth partner with them for the duration of labour - provided the partner doesn't have any Covid symptoms.

At the height of the pandemic this wasn't the case.

Partners may only be able to stay during active labour and birth. After a few hours, they would then be asked to leave.

It depends which hospital you're in and in which part of the UK you live.

In England, it is currently down to individual hospitals to decide, but NHS England says you can

In

and

current government guidance states you are allowed to have one person with you.

In Scotland, you

if you want. You can also have an additional "designated visitor" after the birth.

You might see some changes in your maternity care, for example some midwife appointments may take place online or over the phone.

When it comes to scans, in

you might have to go on your own, but it will depend on your local NHS.

The blanket ban on visiting patients or accompanying them to appointments in England was lifted on 5 June. It's now left up to individual NHS authorities to decide.

Across

, you can now choose one person to attend all your appointments with you.

, national guidance states your birth partner can come with you to two key scans, at around 12 and 20 weeks.

Usually, you have the right to choose to give birth at home or in a midwife-led unit.

that while some NHS trusts and health boards had to pause these services, "most... have now been reinstated".

Read the full story at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54059274

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