The last twelve months have changed life as we know it. From lockdowns and working from home to masks and social distancing, the way we live has been altered and despite the optimistic vaccine drive, will continue to be for far longer than we initially expected at the beginning of the first lockdown last year. With all the changes that have occurred due to COVID-19, it is inevitable that regulations on how we birth have also been and will continue to be affected by it. As we look forward to the babies born in 2021, what do we know so far about how the pandemic could affect you, your birth and your baby? Am I at higher risk to catch COVID-19 whilst pregnant? We are fortunate in that the data currently shows that though pregnant women are usually vulnerable to traditional flu and respiratory illnesses due to the change in immune system, they are not adversely affected or more likely to catch COVID-19 than other groups. However, it is important to add that those pregnant or recently postpartum should check in with their GP if they have/or had a recent high-risk pregnancy, those who are older, live in larger bodies…
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