For the latest information and advice on Coronavirus (Covid 19) visit gov.uk/coronavirus

Pregnancy

There is no evidence to suggest being pregnant means you’re more likely than other healthy adults to get Coronavirus (COVID-19).   However pregnant women are considered a vulnerable group so you should be following social distancing guidelines: staying way from public places and avoiding other people as much as possible.

Women who are breastfeeding should continue to do so.  There is no evidence showing that the virus can be carried in breastmilk.  The well recognised benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) through breastmilk. For more information click here.

The right advice and support can make a big difference and help you enjoy a healthy and happy pregnancy.  Take a look below at some handy must-read advice and tips for new mums and mums-to-be.

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Being active in pregnancy

As we all spend more time at home due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important to keep active.  Moving more can work wonders for both your physical and mental health, helping pump extra oxygen around your body and give your baby a boost that can help them grow.

For tips, advice and support to get active in and around the home for pregnant women, new mums and the whole family visit Fit For Me.

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Alcohol in pregnancy

The latest ‘official’ medical advice is that mums-to-be should avoid alcohol altogether.

If you’d like to protect your baby from the risks of alcohol, there are lots of small changes you can try that can make stopping drinking alcohol more achievable.

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Smoking in pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of stillbirth, miscarriage and your baby being born too early. Every cigarette you smoke sends harmful chemicals to your baby, depriving them of oxygen and forcing their tiny heart to beat faster.

You don’t have to do it alone, there’s lots of FREE local support available that can help you beat smoking for good.

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Eat well in pregnancy

Your baby will benefit from the more healthy foods and nutrients you eat, so it’s important to try and make healthy choices where you can while pregnant.

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How pregnancy affects your mood

Pregnancy can be a wonderful experience, but it’s also completely normal to feel worried and stressed at times.  You might have a lot on your mind and be experiencing mood swings but seeking help or talking to a friend about how you feel can be a big help.

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Top 10 tips for mums-to-be

Here’s a handy overview of the key things that every new mum should know.  Giving these a read can help kick-start your baby preparations.

Small changes feel good

See how small changes can help improve many areas of your life.