COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Infection

If you are pregnant and receive a positive Covid-19 result it is important you inform your community midwife even if you have no symptoms.  Complications of Covid-19 during pregnancy are rare but please be alert to the following symptoms and where to access help.


Supporting your recovery

• Most people recover from coronavirus within three weeks.

• You may have mild symptoms and feel unwell for a short time before slowly starting to feel better.

• To help you recover, you may wish to try:

- Rest

- Paracetamol (Ibuprofen should not be taken whilst pregnant)

- Regular fluids

• Coronavirus can leave some people feeling unwell for a long time - this is known as long COVID.

A minority of people with COVID-19 will suffer more severe symptoms. You should attend A&E as quickly as possible or call 999 immediately if you experience the following:

• If you use a pulse oximeter, your blood oxygen levels are 92% or less (retake your reading immediately first)

• You are unable to complete short sentences when at rest due to breathlessness

• Your breathing gets worse suddenly.

OR if you develop these more general signs of serious illness:

• Cough up blood

• Feel cold and sweaty with pale or blotchy skin

• Collapse or faint

• Develop a rash that doesn’t fade when you roll a glass over it

• Become agitated, confused or very drowsy

• Stopped passing urine or are passing urine much less than usual.

  • you feel very unwell or think there’s something seriously wrong

• you have severe chest pain

You should tell the operator you may have coronavirus and if you have a pulse oximeter give your oxygen saturation reading. These symptoms require urgent medical attention

You need urgent help.

Go to the nearest Hospital Emergency (A&E) Department or phone 999

If you experience any of the following COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact 111 as soon as possible.

• Feeling breathless or difficulty breathing, especially when standing up or moving

• Severe muscle aches or tiredness

• Shakes or shivers

• If you use a pulse oximeter, your blood oxygen level is consistently between 95% and 93%

• Sense that something is wrong (general weakness, severe tiredness, loss of appetite, peeing much less than normal, unable to care for yourself – simple tasks like washing and dressing or making food).

You can access 111:

Online at

By phone - Call 111

Via your GP.

You should tell the operator you may have coronavirus. 

You may be at higher risk of developing complications during pregnancy as a result of Covid-19 if you are

•           From a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic group

•           Have a BMI>25

•           Have pre-existing medical conditions

•           Aged over 35

Please contact NHS 111 if you are concerned about your symptoms 

Contact your maternity unit

  • If you have concerns about your baby’s movements
  • If you have concerns about your pregnancy, please look at the following link for advice with specific pregnancy concerns
  •  you’re feeling very anxious or worried
  •  you have a headache that does not go away
  • you cannot cope with your COVID-19 symptoms at home

  •  you have a high temperature (37.3ºC or above)

  •  you feel unsafe at any time.

You need to contact a doctor or nurse today.

Please ring your GP surgery or call NHS 111 - dial 111


Contact your Maternity unit

Mild Covid-19 symptoms.  These are common symptoms. You may not have all of these but still feel unwell.

• High temperature: you feel hot to touch on your chest and back. If you have access to a thermometer, a reading of 38 degrees celsius or higher

• Cough

• Muscle ache or tiredness

• Mild chest pain

• Dizziness or headache

• Loss of taste or sense of smell

• Diarrhoea and vomiting

• Rashes


Self help

  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Regular Paracetamol (not exceeding the maximum dose)
  • Ensure you inform your community midwife if you have tested positive to Covid-19.

Self care

Continue providing your care at home. If you are still concerned, call NHS 111 – dial 111

Self Care

For wear and tear, minor trips and everything in between.


You can treat your child's very minor illnesses and injuries at home.

Some illnesses can be treated in your own home with support and advice from the services listed when required, using the recommended medicines and getting plenty of rest.

Sound advice

Children can recover from illness quickly but also can become more poorly quickly; it is important to seek further advice if a child's condition gets worse.

For information on common childhood illnesses go to What is wrong with my child?

Local Pharmacist

Pharmacists are experts in many aspects of healthcare and can offer advice on a wide range of long-term conditions and common illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets. You don’t need an appointment and many have private consultation areas, so they are a good first port of call. Your pharmacist will say if you need further medical attention.

Sound advice

  1. Visit a pharmacy if your child is ill, but does not need to see a GP.
  2. Remember that if your child's condition gets worse, you should seek further medical advice immediately.
  3. Help your child to understand - watch this video with them about going to the pharmacy.

For information on common childhood illnesses go to What is wrong with my child?

Health Visitors

Health visitors are nurses or midwives who are passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing illness through the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme. They work with you through your pregnancy up until your child is ready to start school.

Health Visitors can also make referrals for you to other health professionals for example hearing or vision concerns or to the Community Paediatricians or to the child and adolescent mental health services.

Contact them by phoning your Health Visitor Team or local Children’s Centre.

Sound advice

Health visitors also provide advice, support and guidance in caring for your child, including:

  • Breastfeeding, weaning and healthy eating
  • Exercise, hygiene and safety
  • Your child’s growth and development
  • Emotional health and wellbeing, including postnatal depression
  • Safety in the home
  • Stopping smoking
  • Contraception and sexual health
  • Sleep and behaviour management (including temper tantrums!)
  • Toilet training
  • Minor illnesses

For more information watch the video: What does a health visitor do?

School Nurses

School nurses care for children and young people, aged 5-19, and their families, to ensure their health needs are supported within their school and community. They work closely with education staff and other agencies to support parents, carers and the children and young people, with physical and/or emotional health needs.

Contacting the School Nurse

Primary and secondary schools have an allocated school nurse – telephone your child’s school to ask for the contact details of your named school nurse.

There is also a specialist nurse who works with families who choose to educate their children at home.

Sound Advice

Before your child starts school your health visitor will meet with the school nursing team to transfer their care to the school nursing service. The school nursing team consists of a school nursing lead, specialist public health practitioners and school health staff nurses.

They all have a role in preventing disease and promoting health and wellbeing, by:-

  • encouraging healthier lifestyles
  • offering immunisations
  • giving information, advice and support to children, young people and their families
  • supporting children with complex health needs

Each member of the team has links with many other professionals who also work with children including community paediatricians, child and adolescent mental health teams, health visitors and speech and language therapists. The school health nursing service also forms part of the multi-agency services for children, young people and families where there are child protection or safeguarding issues.

GP (General Practitioner)

GPs assess, treat and manage a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, give vaccinations and carry out simple surgical procedures. Your GP will arrange a referral to a hospital specialist should you need it.

Sound advice

You have a choice of service:

  1. Doctors/GPs can treat many illnesses that do not warrant a visit to A&E.
  2. Help your child to understand – watch this video with them about visiting the GP or going to a walk in centre

For information on common childhood illnesses go to What is wrong with my child?

NHS 111

If you’re not sure which NHS service you need, call 111. An adviser will ask you questions to assess your symptoms and then give you the advice you need, or direct you straightaway to the best service for you in your area.

Sound advice

Use NHS 111 if you are unsure what to do next, have any questions about a condition or treatment or require information about local health services.

For information on common childhood illnesses go to What is wrong with my child?

Accident and Emergency

A&E departments provide vital care for life-threatening emergencies, such as loss of consciousness, suspected heart attacks, breathing difficulties, or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. If you’re not sure it’s an emergency, call 111 for advice.

Sound advice

  1. Many visits to A&E and calls to 999 could be resolved by any other NHS services.
  2. If your child's condition is not critical, choose another service to get them the best possible treatment.
  3. Help your child to understand – watch this video with them about going to A&E or riding in an ambulance
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