Pregnant women at high risk of severe Covid as lockdown ends and infections soar, docs warn

PREGNANT women could be at increased risk of infection once restrictions on coronaviruses are relaxed, experts have warned.

Doctors and midwives are urging pregnant women to go out and get vaccinated and have advised to continue practicing social distancing measures after Freedom Day on July 19.

Experts have warned that pregnant women should take steps to avoid becoming infected with Covid and should continue to practice social distancingCredit: Getty

The stern warning was issued by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

Infections continue to rise and the UK jumped 30% in one week yesterday with more than 42,000 additional infections.

Previous research has found that expectant mothers are twice as likely to suffer from severe Covid as other women.

It was also found that catching Covid could double the risk of stillbirth in pregnant women.

One of the reasons pregnant women are at a greater risk of getting sick with Covid is because more pressure is put on the lungs due to the growing fetus and Covid is a disease that attacks people. lungs.

The Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) said in April that pregnant women should be offered their vaccine along with the rest of the population.

It is safe for pregnant women to get the vaccine, but despite this, the RCOG says 58% of women did not accept the NHS on the offer of a vaccine.

RCOG chairman Dr Edward Morris said once restrictions were relaxed on Monday, pregnant women should continue to be cautious.

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“We are concerned that the increase in Covid infection rates is having a negative impact on pregnant women.

“We know that those who are pregnant with Covid are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill, and the vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect women and their babies,” he told the BBC .

The RCOG said it understood the “mixed messages” that were relayed by the government regarding vaccine safety at the start of the campaign.

So far in the UK, over 46 million Britons have received a first dose of a jab and 35.1 million have now received a second.

The RCOG says more should have been done to get pregnant women to get vaccinated after the JCVI said it could be used safely in April.

RCM chief executive Gill Walton said research confirmed it was safe for women to receive the Covid vaccine.

The research comes from the United States and has involved more than 90,000 pregnant women.

Experts found that there was no reason to believe that there would be an increased risk of miscarriage because the vaccine does not pass from the mother to the placenta and therefore cannot harm the child.

Ms Walton said pregnant women should not delay getting their injection and if they have received a first dose, should be sure to reserve their second.

She explained that with wearing a mask, washing hands and social distancing, vaccination is an essential tool in the fight to protect against this virus.

“If you’re not sure or worried about this, talk to your midwife or doctor to get the facts so you can make an informed decision.

“All the evidence shows that the Covid vaccine is safe during pregnancy, and I urge you to get vaccinated to protect yourself, your baby and your family. “

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