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Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy

Published: 24/07/2020

The impact of new evidence and changes in policy on the published guidance is reviewed on a weekly basis.

The document above is for healthcare professionals. We have also prepared information for pregnant women and their families, drawn from this guidance:

Information for pregnant women and their families

Q&As relating to this guidance - updated Monday 10 August 2020

Occupational health advice for employers and pregnant women

Version 3.4 - updated Monday 10 August 2020

A note on this guidance:

The RCOG, RCM, FOM Occupational health advice for employers and pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic was written for implementation at the peak of the pandemic when clinically vulnerable individuals were advised to stringently apply social distancing measures and extremely vulnerable individuals were advised to shield.

While national policy has shifted significantly since then and now varies regionally, the government has maintained the precautionary measure that pregnant women are classed as clinically vulnerable. Therefore, although this guidance is no longer current for the UK as a whole,  it remains useful for pregnant workers who are still advised to stringently adhere to any active national guidance on social distancing. Furthermore, our clinical advice around pregnant women and the risk and potential implications of being severely affected by COVID-19, particularly affecting those who are at 28 weeks’ gestation or above, still stands.

Specific guidance on how and where pregnant women can safely work should be advised on an individual basis, following employer-led workplace and individual risk assessments. The RCOG recommends that employers use the clinical advice in the RCOG/RCM/FOM Occupational Health Guidance (see section 3 ‘Recommendations for pregnant healthcare workers’) when performing mandatory risk assessments for their pregnant employees, along with other sector-specific advice published on the UK government, Working safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19) and NHS Employers websites.

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Guidance for maternity and antenatal services on service organisation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Antenatal and postnatal care

Fetal medicine

Intrapartum Care

Maternal medicine/pregnant women with additional co-morbidities

Perinatal mental health

Provision of midwife-led settings and home birth

Personal protective equipment (PPE)


Research studies in the UK


Related information

General COVID-19 information