The study in March also found that of the third of pregnant women working outside of the home, three-quarters have said they cannot socially distance at work.
Only 4 percent of pregnant women have been suspended with full pay from work on safety grounds.
Joeli Brearley, Founder and CEO of Pregnant Then Screwed, told Express.co.uk: “Throughout the pandemic we have seen that the needs of pregnant women and parents have been largely ignored; from the self-employed income support scheme which gives new mothers a lower payment compared to their childless counterparts, to a complete lack of policy to protect the jobs and the sanity of mothers when schools closed during lockdown.
“It took the Government 9 months to release any clear guidance for working pregnant women and their employers.”
Ms Brearley explained that her charity’s research has shown that legal rights “are still not being enforced leaving pregnant women and their babies exposed to the grave dangers of COVID-19”.
Currently the Government guidance states that employers must conduct a risk assessment for pregnant employees. If the assessment shows they cannot be kept safe then they must be suspended on full pay.
However, Ms Brearley highlighted how the challenge “is that employees and pregnant women often disagree about what is classed as safe and what isn’t, and without clearer guidance from the Government this means many pregnant employees are unable to challenge their employer.”
Ms Brearley explained how the pandemic has exposed a lot of inequalities in the UK.
She said: “Our research early on in the pandemic found that pregnant Black and Asian healthcare workers were more likely to be working with patients who could have COVID-19 and if they were suspended on safety grounds they were more likely to be suspended on no pay or on sick pay than on full pay.
“We know that Black pregnant women are more likely to be admitted to ICU with Covid-19 than their white counterparts.
“The UK has a lot of work to do to address the racial inequalities that exist within our society.”
Express.co.uk has approached the Cabinet Office for comment.