In a new study, scholars have revealed that pregnant women, who have tested positive for COVID19, might end up with preterm deliveries. The study says that COVID19 infection might be linked to preterm deliveries among pregnant women. This research has been published by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency has revealed that pregnant women with the virus might suffer miscarriages and stillbirths as well. Experts have observed the data of pregnant women with COVID19 infection from 600 hospitals across the nation. They have found that around 12 percent of 445 deliveries have been preterm deliveries. It is more than 25 percent higher than the standard rate of preterm delivery in the general population of the US.
Experts have said that preterm birth is more common among the patients who are symptomatic as compared to those who do not show any symptoms. The report says that nearly 10 percent of the patients have suffered miscarriage or stillbirth. However, many experts assume that this report has miscalculated the proportion of pregnancy loss due to COVID19 infection. So far, around five miscarriages within 20 weeks of pregnancy have been reported during the pandemic. A previous study published in JAMA had reported a higher rate of preterm labor and cesarean section among infected pregnant women. It had revealed significant higher incidents of stillbirths as well.
The new research has said that more than half of the pregnant women with coronavirus have shown no symptoms when they have been admitted to the hospital. Among the patients with symptoms, nearly 16.2 percent of them have been severely ill and have been admitted to the intensive care unit. At the same time, 8.5 percent of them have been on a ventilator. Ironically, two pregnant women with the virus have lost their lives. The vice president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Christopher Zahn has said that the COVID19 pandemic is evolving with each passing day. He has said that pregnant women, who are at a higher risk of virus exposure due to their profession or underlying conditions, need to be more careful to stay safe from the disease. The new study says that pregnant black women are inexplicably hit by COVID19 infection. Pregnant black women with the infection have a higher maternal mortality rate.