Pregnant, Work And The Corona Outbreak: what are you entitled to?

Pregnant, Work And The Corona Outbreak: what are you entitled to?

Pregnant, Work And The Corona Outbreak

When you work outdoors as a pregnant woman, you may be afraid of becoming infected with the coronavirus. RIVM has therefore published a guideline for pregnancy at work during the outbreak. Are you an extra risk of COVID-19 as a pregnant woman? And what are your rights to work if you are pregnant during the corona outbreak?



What is the coronavirus?

The corona virus is a virus that occurs in different variants. The variant that is now spreading causes the flu-like illness COVID-19. The disease is mild in the majority of infected people.

This means that you have few complaints and do not get seriously ill. For people with weaker health and the elderly, COVID-19 can be dangerous.


As a pregnant woman, are you at extra risk during the corona outbreak?

Coronavirus research is in full swing. Currently, coronavirus infection appears to be the same in pregnant women as in non-pregnant women.

Whether you as a pregnant woman are extra susceptible to this specific virus cannot be said yet.

As far as is known so far from small-scale research, COVID-19 does not present an additional risk of miscarriage or birth defects in your child. However , as with other infectious diseases, a high fever during pregnancy can be a risk for your unborn baby.

That is why it is good to keep an eye on your temperature in case of complaints. Call your doctor or gynecologist if your temperature rises above 38 ° C.


Corona outbreak and your rights to work if you are pregnant

Your employer is obliged to protect you against infection with infectious diseases.

You are therefore also entitled to measures that protect you against COVID-19. Therefore, the following measures have been drawn up:

  • Work at home as much as possible. To prevent the virus from spreading, it is important that you work from home if possible. Your employer is obliged to provide the correct equipment. You are also entitled to a good chair and desk if necessary.
  • People in contact professions are not allowed to work for the time being. This includes nail stylists, pedicures, beauticians, hairdressers and make-up artists.
  • Do not work for (mild) complaints. You can think of a cough, a cold or a sore throat. In this case, stay at home to limit the spread of the virus. Do you work in a vital profession? Then report sick if you have a fever.
  • You are entitled to adequate protection when you come into contact with COVID-19. Do you come into contact with people or materials that are (possibly) contaminated during your work? Then you may only carry out your work if you can adequately protect yourself by means of protective clothing and aids.
  • Consult with your employer if you work in hospital. Do you work intramural, for example in a hospital, care home or a healthcare institution? In principle, you can continue to work as a pregnant woman, as long as you can protect yourself well. Consult with your employer whether adjustments are necessary.
  • You are entitled to adapted work if you work extramural in healthcare. From 28 weeks of pregnancy you are entitled to adapted work if you work extramurally, for example in home care or maternity care. Discuss with your employer what these adapted activities can be.


TIP: Are you concerned about your health or that of your unborn baby? Or do you work in a crucial profession and wonder how you can continue to do this during your pregnancy? Then contact your employer or company doctor. You can then discuss together how you can continue to do your work safely.


Hygiene measures during the corona outbreak

During the coronavirus outbreak, it is important that you protect yourself and those around you. Therefore, keep the following hygiene measures in mind:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and prefer to dry them with a paper towel
  • Sneeze and cough in your elbow fold
  • Use tissue paper and throw it away immediately after use
  • Do not shake hands
  • Keep 1.5 meters away from others
  • Stay at home if you have (mild) health problems. Do you work in a vital profession? Then you don't have to stay home until you have a fever

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