The process for diagnosing COVID-19 infection is changing rapidly within the UK. Testing is now available to anyone, including pregnant woman, if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
If you have not displayed any symptoms for COVID-19, it is likely that your result will come back as negative. Should this not be the case and your test result is positive, if you are in hospital when your result is received you will be moved to a single room and cared for with the necessary infection control measures.
Testing positive for COVID-19 alone does not necessarily mean you need to stay in hospital so when your obstetric team feel it is safe for you to be discharged home, this will be arranged and you should continue to self-isolate at home.
You should not attend any non-urgent appointments during the isolation period; these will be re arranged.
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What should I do if I am asked to self-isolate?
Pregnant women who have been advised to self-isolate should stay indoors and avoid contact with others for 7 days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.
The NHS guidance on self-isolation currently recommends people should:
- Not go to school, work, NHS settings or public areas
- Not use public transport
- Stay at home and not allow visitors
- Open windows to ventilate rooms
- Separate themselves from other members of their household as far as possible, using their own towels, crockery and utensils and eating at different times
- Use friends, family or delivery services to run errands, but advise them to leave items outside.
You may wish to consider online fitness routines to keep active, such as pregnancy yoga or Pilates.
How long do I need to self-isolate for?
- If you have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for at least 7 days. The first day of the 7 day period is counted as the day you started to have symptoms (a cough, temperate or loss of taste and smell) or from the date you receive your positive swab result,
- If you do not have a high temperature after 7 days, you no longer need to self-isolate and can leave your home on the 8th day after your symptoms started or from receiving the positive swab result, adhering to the government’s social distancing measure’s.
- If you still have a high temperature after 7 days, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal and you feel better
What happens if I need to seek urgent Midwifery/Obstetric support during my isolation period?
If you have concerns about the wellbeing of yourself or your unborn baby during your self-isolation period, contact your midwife or, out-of-hours, your maternity team. They will provide further advice, including whether you need to attend hospital.
If you are advised to go to the maternity unit, please attend via private transport and alert the maternity unit reception once on site, before going into the hospital.
What happens if I go into labour during my isolation period?
If you go into labour during self-isolation, you should call the maternity unit for advice and inform them that you have confirmed COVID-19 infection.
The Midwife will make an assessment over the telephone and give advice on whether to continue to remain at home if thought to be in early labour or whether to attend the hospital.
Your maternity team has been advised on ways to ensure that you and your baby receive safe, quality care, respecting your birth choices as closely as possible.
When you and your maternity team decide you need to attend the maternity unit, general recommendations about hospital attendance will apply:
- You will be advised to attend hospital via private transport where possible
- You will be met at the maternity unit entrance and provided with a surgical face mask, which will need to stay on until you are isolated in a suitable room
What happens if I do not want to have the COVID-19 screening test?
Screening for COVID-19 is an optional test and requires consent before the swab is taken. Should you decide not to accept this screening test and are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19; there is no increased risk to yourself and your maternity care will not be affected.
All maternity staff are currently wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which is the same for all women regardless of those who have not had a COVID-19 screening test.
Should you decide not to have the COVID-19 screening test but you are displaying symptoms of the virus, you will be cared for with the appropriate infection control measures whilst in hospital and will be asked to self-isolate for at least 7 days with other members of your household needing to isolate for 14 days.
How will a positive result affect my partner or anyone else I am living with?
- Your partner and/or household members must self-isolate for 14 days from the day your symptoms started or from the day you received a positive result. This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.
- If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, household members must self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.
- If a household member gets symptoms, they should self-isolate for 7 days from when their symptoms start, even if it means self-isolating for longer than 14 days.
Who can I contact for further information and support?
If you wish to discuss a non-urgent matter with a Midwife you can either contact your named Midwife directly or contact the maternity advice and information line, open 7 days a week, 10-6pm: 020 8887 4238
If you need to speak to a Midwife urgently, please contact the Maternity Triage, telephone number 020 8887 3682