You can read the latest guidance from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (updated in October). There is no evidence that pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill from coronavirus but pregnant women have been included in the list of people at moderate risk (clinically vulnerable) as a precaution.  If a pregnant person becomes infected, they are most likely to have no symptoms or a mild illness from which they will make a full recovery.  However, pregnancy alters the body’s immune system and response to viral infections, like COVID-19, which can occasionally cause more severe symptoms.

The government has produced guidance on staying alert and safe (31 May).  This guidance advises people who are at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes people who are pregnant, to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do leave home, to continue to avoid contact with people from outside their household and those with COVID-19 symptoms.

As a precautionary measure, women above 28 weeks’ gestation are recommended to be particularly attentive to social distancing and minimise contact with others to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

For further information on COVID-19 and pregnancy, please contact your midwife or GP.

As this is an evolving situation, please continue to check government guidance for up-to-date information.


There is currently no clinical evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted through breast milk. Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone in close contact with you.

The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of the virus through breast milk or by being in close contact with your child. However, this will be an individual decision and can be discussed with your midwife, health visitor or GP by telephone.

If you wish to breastfeed, take precautions to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 to the baby by:

  • washing your hands before touching the baby, breast pump or bottles
  • avoiding coughing or sneezing on the baby while feeding at the breast
  • cleaning any breast pump as recommended by the manufacturer after each use
  • considering asking someone who is well to feed your expressed breast milk to the baby

If you are feeding with formula or expressed milk, sterilise the equipment carefully before each use. You should not share bottles or a breast pump with someone else.

Further information and advice for healthcare professionals

Guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) - pregnancy and infant feeding