How COVID Can Infect A Higher Proportion Of Pregnant Women?
The SARC-CoV-2 virus, which causes the coronavirus, has been shown to infect a higher proportion of pregnant women, as per the new study from the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
As per the ICMR study, pregnant women who have contracted the Covid-19 virus can become moderately to seriously ill.
Premature births and high blood pressure during pregnancy were the most common complications seen in pregnant women.
The study also found that co-morbidities such as anemia, tuberculosis, and diabetes mellitus were associated with an increased risk of maternal death in pregnant and postpartum women positive for COVID-19.
The ICMR study analyzed the clinical characteristics and pregnancy outcomes of women infected with Covid-19 in Maharashtra during the first wave of the pandemic.
The study used data from the PregCovid registry, which included pregnant and postpartum women with a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19.
The data analyzed 4,203 pregnant women during the first wave (March 2020-January 2021).
534 (13%) were symptomatic, of which 382 (72%) were mild symptoms, 112 (21%) were moderate symptoms, and 40 (7.5%) were severe symptoms of Covid.
The study found that there were 3,203 live births, 77 miscarriages, and 834 unborn pregnancies.
“The most frequent complications were premature deliveries (528, 16.3%) and hypertensive disorders during pregnancy (328, 10.1%). A total of 158 (3.8%) pregnant and postpartum women required intensive care, of which 152 (96%) were due to complications from COVID-19,” as per the study results.