Happily, absolutely the threat for problems for anyone girl could be very low (lower than 1%). However the relative dangers for issues — reminiscent of clotting and early labor — are important, the brand new research discovered.
Nonetheless, “the findings right here, actually, are that amongst girls who’re hospitalized for childbirth and who had been recognized with COVID, hostile occasions are extremely low. That ought to present a whole lot of reassurance to girls who’re hoping to turn out to be pregnant throughout this era, or who’re pregnant,” mentioned research co-author Dr. Karola Jering, from the cardiovascular drugs division at Brigham and Ladies’s Hospital in Boston.
Over eight months in 2020, she and her colleagues collected knowledge on greater than 400,000 mothers-to-be, practically 6,400 of whom had been contaminated with COVID-19.
Among the many COVID-19 sufferers, the researchers discovered the relative threat of creating any sort of blood clot was practically 5 occasions larger than for these with out the virus, and practically 4 occasions larger for venous thromboembolism, clots within the veins.
These girls had been additionally way more more likely to want intensive care or a ventilator, the researchers discovered.
Those that had the virus had been:
- 7% extra more likely to want a C-section.
- 19% extra more likely to have preterm labor.
- 17% extra more likely to have a preterm supply.
- 21% extra more likely to have preeclampsia.
There’s little a pregnant girl can do to scale back these dangers past not being contaminated, Jering mentioned.
“The issue, in fact, is that proper now we principally have supportive look after sufferers who’ve COVID, on the whole. And of the issues which were examined for therapy of sufferers with COVID, most of them haven’t been examined in pregnant girls,” mentioned co-author Dr. Scott Solomon, additionally from Brigham and Ladies’s.
However Jering mentioned pregnant girls are given the opposite medication typically given to COVID-19 sufferers, together with blood thinners to forestall clots.
In sum, the research findings had been constructive, Jering careworn. Among the many pregnant girls with COVID-19 who gave start, 99% had been discharged house, 3% wanted intensive care and 1% wanted mechanical air flow. Lower than 1% died within the hospital.