Coronavirus & Pregnancy: What We Know So Far

By: Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND Pregnancy is a time when women are naturally more cautious about their health. Changes in the body during pregnancy can make women more susceptible to viral infections, especially pneumonia; something for which health care workers are usually prepared. COVID-19 is a new virus and the case studies are few. Much of the research or info we have comes from small studies done in the last few months or from research on other viral strains within the same coronavirus family such as SARS and MERS. It is encouraging that pregnant women who develop the new coronavirus and their babies have positive outcomes. The Research So Far The risks associated with COVID-19 in pregnancy seem to be less severe than those reported in SARS and MERS. One study released in March reviewed 23 relevant case studies of COVID-19 in 32 pregnant women (1). Of the 32 women (one set of twins, three ongoing pregnancies): 7 had no symptoms 2 were admitted to Intensive Care 27 had vaginal deliveries 2 had cesarean section 15 delivered pre-term 0 maternal deaths The most notable risk from COVID-19 seems to be preterm birth however, it has been unclear from the studies if this is due to planned cesarean sections recommended as a result of the virus. […]