Covid-19 vaccination in pregnancy                                                                                 COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now advised that pregnant women are more at risk of severe COVID-19 disease. They are reminding pregnant women to have their COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible. They should not delay vaccination until after they have given birth. This is to protect them and their babies. In the UK, over 100,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated mainly with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and they have a good safety profile.

These vaccines do not contain live coronavirus and cannot infect a pregnant woman or her unborn baby in the womb.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the preferred vaccines for pregnant women of any age who are coming for their first dose.

Change in Aspirin policy

We are recommending pregnant women at risk of pre-eclampsia take 150mg daily from 12 weeks gestation (as opposed to the previous 75mg), in response to the updated NICE guidance.

Information pack for pregnant smokers

Public Health England have launched a new information pack for pregnant smokers.

The pack includes information about the health risks, a myth buster, advice on the support available from local stop smoking services and tips on dealing with cravings and stress. It is a clinical resource designed to be shared as part of a confidential and supportive 1-1 intervention by a midwife, or member of the midwifery team – if you feel it would help.

Your can order the pack for your patients here (Password: stopsmoking).

Balvinder Duggal, clinical lead for Maternity


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Last updated: Oct 23rd, 2023
Review date: Sep 26th, 2024