Information for pregnant women and parents/carers

Information for pregnant women, parents and carers on when to seek emergency care.

Find out how you can get medical help when you need it. Please don’t put it off; this could have life or limb-threatening consequences.

Your baby’s movement

When to call your midwife or maternity unit

You should start to feel your baby move between around 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. If this is your first baby, you might not feel movements until after 20 weeks.

If you have not felt your baby move by 24 weeks, tell your midwife. They’ll check your baby’s heartbeat and movements.

It’s important to call your midwife or maternity unit straight away if:

  • Your baby is moving less than usual
  •  You cannot feel your baby moving anymore
  •  There is a change to your baby’s usual pattern of movements

They’ll need to check your baby’s movements and heartbeat. Do not wait until the next day – call straight away, even if it’s the middle of the night.

Advice and guidance when caring for an unwell child

Here’s a short nursery rhyme to say the NHS is here for you:

Traffic light poster

The following traffic light poster contains advice for parents during coronavirus so they know what to do if the child starts to feel unwell (click on image below for a full size).

Download a PDF version of the traffic light poster

Coronavirus

Parent information for newborn babies

Although the risks are very low, you may be concerned that your baby could get coronavirus. The information below tells you what to look out for. Do not delay seeking help if you have concerns.

How will I know if my baby has coronavirus?

Many babies with the virus will not show signs of illness and will recover fully. Some can develop an unstable temperature and / or a cough. Babies with infections do not always develop a fever.

  • If your baby has a cough, fever or feels unusually hot or cold, but
    otherwise well, then call NHS 111
  • If your baby is jaundiced or feeding poorly call your midwifery team
  • If your baby shows any signs which concern you in relation to their breathing, colour or movement, then call 999 straight away

Reduce your baby’s risk of catching coronavirus by:

  • Hand washing before touching the baby, breast pumps or bottles
  • Avoiding coughing or sneezing on the baby whilst feeding
  • Consider wearing a face mask whilst breastfeeding if you are coughing
  • Following pump cleaning recommendations after each use
  • If you feel unwell, ask someone who is well to feed your baby with
    expressed milk
  • If using a bottle follow sterilisation guidelines fully

If you have coronavirus or symptoms of this, please tell the 999 call taker and mention this to paramedics on arrival. For further information on coronavirus, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Further resources

Your NHS is still here for you information leaflet

This information leaflet provides easy read details on what to do and when to call 999 if you are poorly or worried.

Your NHS is still here for you

Your NHS is still here for you - easy read

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Patient information videos

Real life videos featuring patient and healthcare professionals explaining how your NHS is still here for you

Patient information videos

Information leaflet from your local NHS

Information leaflet from your local NHS providing coronavirus guidance for the public available in 12 languages

Information from your local NHS