Can Covid-19 affect pregnant woman and their babies?
Here's how Covid-19 can affect pregnant woman and their babiesImage: The Bridge Chornicle

Can Covid-19 affect pregnant woman and their babies?

The study found that the infection doubled the risk of preterm birth and a 50 per cent increase in the risk of cesarean delivery in pregnant woman.

According to a recent study, infections that cause the severe acute respiratory syndrome, related to the Covid virus could cause complications in pregnancy. These complications can be related to preeclampsia, stillbirth, preterm birth and other adverse outcomes find a new study.

The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and was focused on the risk of complications that are caused by Covi-19 infection in the mother. The study found that the infection doubled the risk of preterm birth and a 50 per cent increase in the risk of cesarean delivery in pregnant woman.

"Our findings suggest that pregnant people with Covid-19 have an increased risk of high blood pressure, stillbirth and preterm birth," said researcher Nathalie Auger from the University of Montreal in Canada.

"Their newborns are more likely to need intensive care. Pregnant people with severe Covid-19 symptoms have a particularly high risk of these complications," Auger added.

For the case of the study, the team of researchers reviews 42 studies involving 438.548 pregnant women from around the world. The women were studied for their infection of Covid-19 during pregnancy.

The data revealed that those with infection had a higher risk of high blood sugar and an increased risk of preterm birth.

Though yet the researchers are unsure of the outcomes linked with Covid-19 in pregnant woman the study suggests that SARS-CoV-2 may lead to vasoconstriction and stimulate an inflammatory response affecting blood vessels.

"Our meta-analysis of recent good-quality cohort studies with comparative data does not align with these previous reviews, and provides clear evidence that symptomatic or severe Covid-19 is associated with a considerable risk of preeclampsia, preterm birth and low birth weight," the team said.

"Clinicians should be aware of these adverse outcomes when managing pregnancies affected by Covid-19 and adopt effective strategies to prevent or reduce risks to patients and fetuses," they noted.

(Inputs from IANS)

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