Research is still ongoing on the risks of COVID-19 infection in pregnant women
COVID-19 pregnancies are at a higher risk of leading to preterm births
Symptomatic COVID-19 cases are more likely in the third trimester
Findings as per the CDC showed that expectant mothers with COVID-19 were more likely to need intensive care. Medical information pertaining to what happens in case of a pregnancy during COVID-19 is still a matter of ongoing research, however you can get more clarity on the risks of COVID-19 infection in pregnant women with these pointers.
As per Cynthia DeTata, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, “…seasonal flu, and prior SARS and MERS infections were more severe in pregnant women.” While there is lack of data to confirm the same when it comes to COVID-19, it is imperative for families to prioritise healthcare for expectant mothers during these times to mitigate risk.
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A study conducted under the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS), found that a significant majority of the women that became severely ill due to the coronavirus were found to be in their third trimester. So, take more precautions during this time.
As per data from hospitals and healthcare centres in northern Italy, hospitalised pregnant women could be at a higher risk for preterm or premature births and caesarean deliveries.
In a case report analysing 33 pregnant women infected with the virus, findings showed that 3 of the newborns were also infected. These newborns exhibited respiratory distress symptoms, mainly shortness of breath.
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While research on COVID-19 pregnancy issues is ongoing, it is important that you do all you can to avoid getting infected as an expectant mother.