The new Safer Baby initiative uses the latest research to provide pregnant women with information about how to reduce their risk of stillbirth.
Stillbirth is a tragedy for parents and families and a major unaddressed public health problem. It has enormous impacts on parents and their wider family and friends, as well as on health care providers. The information below aims to help women understand the risk factors in five key areas where it is known that stillbirth can be prevented.
There are ways to reduce your risk of stillbirth and have a safer pregnancy, based on the latest research and clinical best practice.
Smoking is one of the main causes of stillbirth. Quitting at any time during your pregnancy reduces the risk of harm to your baby. However, quitting as early as you can means a better start in life for your baby. Free help with quitting is available.
Your baby’s growth will be regularly measured during pregnancy to check they are growing at a healthy rate. If your baby shows signs of not growing well enough, your maternity health care professional will monitor the growth of your baby closely and discuss with you how to manage this.
Going-to-sleep on your side from 28 weeks of pregnancy can reduce your risk of stillbirth, compared with going-to-sleep on your back. Either left or right side is equally safe.
We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is worrying for pregnant women and their families. From the limited evidence to date, it seems that pregnant women do not appear to be more severely affected by COVID-19 than the general population. The risk of Coronavirus to your baby appears very small.
All pregnant women and their families should follow the latest government advice. This includes regular hand washing, good hygiene and social distancing. If you have concerns, contact your healthcare professional.
Download the latest fact sheet for pregnant women and their families on COVID-19 below.
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