The latest wave of Covid-19 has affected pregnant women more than the first wave.
Almost a thousand more pregnant women were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last wave than in the first wave of the virus.
The Irish Independent have released figures showing 1,147 more women over 6 weeks into their pregnancy were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the latest wave.
That's an increase of 958 cases since the initial first wave, which was between March and August in 2020.
Last week the National Immunisation Advisory Committee said pregnant women will be prioritised for vaccination.
Liam Fanning, Professor of Immuno-virology at UCC, says the significant increase in cases found in pregnant women could be a result of the UK variant.