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Pregnant women need to be extra careful with Covid-19. Here's why

Apr 26, 2021 12:08 IST | By Vishakha Somani

In a first, researchers from Oxford University have published detailed and comparative information about the effects of Covid-19 in pregnancy.

Based on findings of the INTERCOVID Study, the team concluded that the risk to mothers and babies is far greater than acknowledged at the beginning of the pandemic. 

It was found that women with COVID-19 during pregnancy were over 50% more likely to experience pregnancy complications (such as premature birth, pre-eclampsia, admission to intensive care and death) compared to pregnant women unaffected by the virus.

Secondly, the babies birthed by infected mothers were also nearly three times more at risk of severe medical complications, mostly due to premature birth, noted the researchers. 

However, breastfeeding does not seem to heighten the risk of babies contracting Covid-19 from their mothers, scientists said.

Published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, the study assessed over 2,100 pregnant women across 18 countries. 

At the same time, a separate study from Harvard Medical School, reveals that even though mother-to-newborn transmission of coronavirus is rare, newborns of infected mums can still face indirect adverse health risks, usually prompted by the mother's worsening illness due to the disease.

As of now, pregnant women have been advised against taking the Covid-19 vaccine in India, since no trials have included pregnant and lactating mothers.

But in some good news, new evidence from the US on Covid-19 vaccination finds that Pfizer’s and Moderna’s jabs were safe for the women as well as their babies. The researchers found no “obvious safety signals” among any of the more than 35,000 women who were followed in the peer-reviewed study. 

 

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