Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees

Advice for pregnant employees on risk assessments in the workplace and occupational health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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This advice is for you if you are pregnant and working as an employee. This includes pregnant healthcare professionals. It will help you discuss with your line manager and occupational health team how best to ensure health and safety in the workplace.

Published 23 December 2020
Last updated 14 February 2022 + show all updates
  1. An update to reflect that employers must now undertake a workplace risk assessment for their pregnant employees.

  2. Updated with the information that it is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering.

  3. Updated to reflect current guidance on work arrangements and face coverings.

  4. Updated to provide additional guidance to pregnant employees and employers of women who are 26 weeks pregnant and beyond, and details on JCVI advice that pregnant women are more at risk of severe COVID-19 disease.

  5. Updated to reflect the government announcement to move to Plan B.

  6. Updated to reflect changes around face covering guidance.

  7. Updated to reflect changes surrounding shielding requirements and to provide more information on vaccines.

  8. Updated to reflect the lifting of restrictions as part of the step 4 of the roadmap.

  9. Updated to remove reference to pregnant woman being considered 'clinically extremely vulnerable'.

  10. Updated background information section to include information on the next stage of the roadmap.

  11. Updated the link to RCOG and RCM guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy. Under 'Background', added that the government has published the 'COVID-19 response - Spring 2021' setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England, and that from 8 March some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing.

  12. Updated to reflect the new national lockdown restrictions in England.

  13. First published.