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Pregnant Women Face More Risks from COVID-19

September 2, 2020

With the increasing cases of COVID-19, experts are getting more insights about the effect of the virus on pregnant women.

A study published in BMJ Medical Journal reported that pregnant and post-partum women who were diagnosed with COVID-19 seem to have fewer symptoms of fever and muscle pain, but have higher chances of getting admitted to the intensive care unit. The study also found that pregnant women with COVID-19 have increased chances of delivering preterm, though the preterm birth rates were not high. The findings are based on 77 studies that involved 13,118 pregnant and post-partum women and 83,486 non-pregnant women.

During pregnancy, a woman's immune system is compromised to make sure that there would be no antifetal immune response. Furthermore, the lungs are already restrained due to the growing size of the uterus during pregnancy, giving less room for the lungs. By late pregnancy, pregnant women need to supply up to 50% more oxygen and blood to supply the fetus. Thus, SARS-CoV-2 could multiply the stress on the lungs and heart.

Read more information from Science Mag and The BMJ.

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