coronavirus, pregnancy and parenthood

Coronavirus has thrown up so many questions for pregnant women and new parents. We’ve compiled this FAQ so you have reliable information and support when you need it

The coronavirus has affected us all with ‘normal’ life now on hold. Here’s where you can find answers to your questions about coronavirus and more about how it might affect you and your family.

You might find it useful to watch this NHS video about your care during your pregnancy and labour: 

How will coronavirus affect my pregnancy?

  • For any questions about whether coronavirus might affect your pregnancy, see our FAQs here.
  • If you’re feeling anxious about coronavirus, see here for ideas on how to stay positive.
  • If you’re self-isolating and pregnant, here are some tips for coping and for staying fit and healthy.
  • Visit our section on pregnancy and coronavirus for more information.
  •  

Will my birth and labour be different because of coronavirus?

We’re still here for you: live, online NCT antenatal course

In these challenging times,we understand just how important it is for you to feel supported and connected to local parents, now more than ever.

Interactive, engaging and social, our live online antenatal course is a great way for you to meet other local parents, and get essential unbiased information and knowledge about pregnancy, birth and early days with your baby.

If you haven't booked a course with us yet, please do get in touch to find out more.

If you’re already booked onto a course, you might find this FAQ on the new online course useful. We will be in touch with all parents who have booked with us.

How will coronavirus affect my baby?

We answer some of your most pressing questions on COVID-19 life with a newborn in our FAQ here.

Can I still breastfeed or formula feed my baby?

  • For more information about breastfeeding and coronavirus, see our FAQs here.
  • If you’re using formula, we cover lots of useful information here.
  • For ideas on what to cook your baby if you’re in self-isolation, see our article baby meal ideas from the cupboard

How can I stay healthy?

How can I keep in touch with friends and family?

  • For tips on keeping you and your children in touch with their grandparents, see here.
  • For ideas on using the top tech and apps to keep in touch with friends and family, see here.

We have lots more information in our section on your baby and coronavirus.

How will coronavirus affect me as a parent?

How can I work from home with my baby and partner?

  • See here for tips on how to juggle working from home and looking after children with your partner.
  • Here are some tips for working from home with a baby.

How can I stay healthy with my baby?

  • Struggling to get your toddler to clean their hands? Here are some tips.
  • If you’re stuck inside self-isolating with your baby, here’s how to stay fit and healthy.

How can I make friends and socialise with other parents near me?

Many of our NCT branches are running online groups and activities for parents. Visit our local activities and meet-ups page and enter your postcode to search for your local NCT group. You can then contact your closest branch to see what's happening in your area.

Read more about being a parent and coronavirus here.

Useful information

Read the NHS stay at home advice.

The NHS website has up-to-date information on coronavirus and how to reduce the possible spread of infection.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have produced information on coronavirus for pregnant women and their families

The RCM has produced this helpful FAQ with advice and information on different aspects of pregnancy and birth for women and their families.

Maternity Action has this handy FAQ: Covid-19 – rights and benefits during pregnancy and maternity leave.

The Department of Health and Social Care website is being updated daily with guidance and what the government is doing about the virus.

Our support line offers practical and emotional support with feeding your baby and general enquiries for parents, members and volunteers: 0300 330 0700.

Click on the following links for guidance on self-isolation and social distancing in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, French, Gujarati, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.

For more information about coronavirus in various languages see here.

Related articles

coronavirus, pregnancy and parenthood

Local activities and meetups

NCT Membership
Support NCT Charity by becoming a member

Courses & workshops

NCT Antenatal course

Find out more

NCT Online Antenatal refresher course

Find out more