What is the advice for pregnant women with older children attending school/nursery/external childcare?
The UK government advises that if you are pregnant and any other children have been invited back to school, they can go. If you are picking your children up or dropping them off, you are advised to practice social distancing.
Try to stay 2 meters away from teachers, carers and other parents and do not go inside the building. If this is difficult, you could try staggering your child’s drop off and pick up times.
Remember to wash your hands when you return home and make sure that your children wash their hands when they leave the childcare setting. You can use alcohol gel can be used if they cannot wash their hands with soap and water.
If you are feeling anxious, try to remember that pregnant women are at no greater risk of contracting coronavirus or becoming seriously unwell than other healthy adults.
However, there are concerns for pregnant women in the third trimester. This is based on the challenges in caring for women who are heavily pregnant, and the risk of the baby needing to be born early for the woman’s wellbeing.
Other pregnant women are also more like to be hospitalised with coronavirus, including women who:
- are from minority ethnic groups
- are older
- are overweight or obese
- have other health conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Social distancing is even more important for these women.
Whose decision is it whether my children go back to school?
Attendance will be mandatory again from the autumn term, unless pupils or a close contact develop symptoms or test positive for coronavirus.
What is the advice for pregnant women who are classed as extremely vulnerable or who are shielding on older children attending school/nursery/external childcare?
Some pregnant women with pre-existing severe medical illnesses have been classed as extremely vulnerable may be asked to shield. You will have been told this by your maternity team.
There is separate advice for shielding in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Practical advice for measures that may be helpful to adopt within a family are now available within this guidance.
If schools and childcare settings remain open, the UK government advice is that children and young people who live in a household where another member is shielding should attend school/nursery/external childcare if stringent social distancing and hand hygiene can be adhered to.
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