Pregnant women who tested positive for Covid-19 when admitted to a hospital to give birth were at a higher risk of stillbirth compared to those who didn’t, according to a study released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control. with risks increasing more as the delta variant has become the dominant species.
In an analysis of 1.2 million hospital births, stillbirths occurred in 0.98% of women who tested positive for Covid-19 during the pre-delta period of the Covid-19 pandemic (March 2020-June 2021) compared to 0. 64% of the women who did. not.
During the study period when the delta variant was the dominant strain of Covid-19 (July-Sept. 2021), stillbirths among pregnant women with Covid-19 increased to 2.7%, while stillbirths among those without Covid-19 remained essentially constant at 0.63%.
The data bolsters previous reports from the CDC of an increased risk of stillbirths for women with Covid-19, along with other adverse outcomes such as preterm birth, maternal and/or newborn admission to intensive care, and maternal death.
In September, the Mississippi State Department of Health found that pregnant women with Covid-19 had nearly double the normal number of stillbirths since the start of the pandemic.
A Sept. 27 CDC report showed 22,000 hospitalizations of pregnant women due to Covid-19 and 161 deaths.
In light of these complications, the CDC strongly recommends that pregnant women be vaccinated against Covid-19. Vaccination rates among pregnant women are well below the national average, with the CDC reporting that 35.3% of pregnant women were fully vaccinated before or during pregnancy as of Nov. 13. In August, a CDC analysis sampled nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine found no increased risk of miscarriage; about 13% of women had a miscarriage, which corresponds to the normal rate of 11%-16%. Report the details…
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