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Pregnant women and new parents

It is natural to feel a range of emotions when you’re pregnant, become new parents or are a parent of a young child.  Changes to our services and daily routines, have for some people, caused extra stress and worry.  To help ease your concerns, we have answered some of your most frequently asked questions. 

To keep you and your family safe from coronavirus, continue to follow Welsh Government advice on social distancing and household isolation.

If you have any other symptoms, or anything else you're worried about, you should still get medical help as you usually would. You can still have GP appointments or speak to your midwife or maternity team if you have any questions.

Call your midwife or maternity team immediately if: 

  • your baby is moving less than usual
  • you cannot feel your baby moving
  • there is a change to your baby's usual pattern of movements
  • you have any bleeding from your vagina
  • you're feeling very anxious or worried
  • you have a headache that does not go away
  • you get shortness of breath when resting or lying down

Do not wait until the next day – call immediately, even if it's the middle of the night.

If you do not have a midwife or maternity team call a GP or call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 (or 111 if available in your area).

If you or someone you know does not feel safe at home and needs help and advice there is support available: 

  • Your midwife or health visitor will be able to provide specific support for you and your baby
  • You can call the Live Fear Free Helpline for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0808 8010 800
  • Visit Welsh Womens Aid for information

If you or your baby are in immediate danger please call 999