Two new studies showed that pregnant women who contract Covid-19 disease caused by the emerging corona virus are exposed to emergency complications and other problems during their pregnancy, which may put their fetuses at risk, according to CNN.
The first study showed that pregnant women with the disease had a higher rate of emergency complications, compared to those who tested positive without showing any symptoms, knowing that this study was presented to the annual meeting of anesthesiology during the weekend.
The study included 100 women infected with the Corona virus who gave birth between March and September of last year, in one hospital in the US state of Texas.
The study indicated that 58 percent of those women who experienced symptoms of the disease had given birth in emergency rooms, noting that these women were more likely to suffer from emergency complications that pose a threat to the life of the child.
According to the study, mothers with symptoms of the disease were more likely to develop emergency complications that pose a threat to the child, and that many children were born in a “breech position”, which means resorting to caesarean sections, in addition to cases of reduced fetal movement, while some women suffered from a lack of fluid. Amniotic fluid, a nourishing fluid that provides protection to the fetus and is found inside the amniotic sac in a woman’s uterus.
The study also found that babies born to mothers with obvious symptoms of COVID-19 were more likely to need oxygen and more likely to be admitted to intensive care rooms.
“Coronavirus has severe effects on pregnant women, especially those who show symptoms of the disease,” said Kristin Lin, a medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, who co-authored the study.
She noted that there is also that doctors who take care of pregnant women who show symptoms have been wary of the virus and often proactively recommend caesarean section.
It’s also possible that the problems are related to chronic inflammation caused by Covid-19, said Dr. Jill Moore, a reproductive immunologist who was not involved in the study but reviewed it, stressing that “those infections are very dangerous to both the mother and the developing fetus.”
He continued, “Chronic inflammation may mean a battle for the survival of the mother and the fetus, and during this battle there may be costs that the woman and her fetus must pay. Therefore, we need to do everything possible to prevent the occurrence of chronic inflammation.”
In the second study, published in the Journal of Maternal, Fetal and Newborn Medicine, experts and doctors examined the records of more than 2,400 women in one hospital in Israel between March and September of last year.
Physician Elior Eliasi of Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center and colleagues found that pregnant women with Covid symptoms had higher rates of gestational diabetes, lower white blood cell counts, and heavy bleeding during childbirth, rather than ending with breathing problems in their babies.
The risks were about 20% higher for women who had symptoms of COVID-19, and 14% higher for those without symptoms.
Unlike other research, this study did not find that women with symptoms were more likely to give birth early, but this study is viewed with caution because it was conducted in one hospital.
The two new studies add to a growing body of evidence that COVID-19, especially the symptomatic disease, poses a real threat to pregnant women and that the risks of this disease increase the repercussions and complications that these women can normally experience during pregnancy.
For his part, Dr. Dennis Jamison, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, sees the need for doctors to urge pregnant women to be vaccinated with anti-Coronavirus vaccines as soon as possible.
He added: “I know that pregnant women may be reluctant to take medications or receive vaccinations during pregnancy and they really want to do everything they can to protect their children, and they make a lot of sacrifices for that, but I think that has to be weighed against the risks of not getting vaccinated.” .
He concluded, “It is important that all people be vaccinated, but especially pregnant women should be vaccinated in order to protect themselves and their children.”