Pregnant women are receiving dangerously mixed messages from health professionals, with figures suggesting “very high” reluctance to immunize among the vulnerable group, activists said.
Three-quarters of pregnant women in the UK are worried about the easing of restrictions on coronaviruses, with many saying the move is like ‘another lockdown’ for pregnant women, according to a survey of around 9,000 pregnant women by the Pregnant Then Screwed campaign group.
Its founder, Joeli Brearley, who will testify on Wednesday about the impact of Covid-19 on new parents before the select committee on parliamentary petitions, said pregnant women were the only vulnerable group not to have been a priority for the vaccine, and the misinformation had “spread like wildfire” with many women refusing to be vaccinated as a result. The survey found that 40% had not received a single dose and only 21% had received two doses.
“The idea of ’freedom day’ is complete nonsense to hundreds of thousands of pregnant women,” said Brearley. “As people throw away their masks in wild abandon, the majority of pregnant women are forced to self-quarantine. “
The group said it had been inundated with stories of negative messages given to pregnant women by medical professionals.