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Because this Coronavirus is a very new virus, no one knows yet exactly how it affects pregnant women and unborn babies.

There is no evidence at the moment that coronavirus will harm an unborn baby during pregnancy, or that newborn babies are at higher risk of developing health problems if they catch the virus.

You can still go to all of your antenatal appointments, and you can still give birth at the hospital.

However, it is very important that mothers practise good hygiene and follow social distancing guidelines, which is avoiding groups of people, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping a distance of 1.5 metres (two big steps) away from people when you are outside your home.

Parents should wash their hands often, sneeze and cough into their elbows or a tissue, and avoid touching their face, or their boorai’s face, and don’t put your fingers in your bub’s mouth. Keep bub at home as much as possible.

There is no evidence that coronavirus is carried in breastmilk, so you don’t have to stop breastfeeding. However, it is now more important than ever to keep up good hygiene when you are breastfeeding.

If you catch the virus, wear a face mask to protect your bub while breastfeeding. If you are worried, talk to your doctor or medical service.

You can also call the free National Breastfeeding Helpline on 1800 686 268.

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