What Pregnant Women Should Know About COVID-19
Trigger/Content Warning: Stillbirth, Neonatal Death
Although we have been living with the COVID-19 pandemic for a little over two years now, new information about how the virus impacts the human body comes to light almost every day. However, because there is so much public debate about COVID-19, it can be confusing and difficult for people to decide whether or not they should get vaccinated. For pregnant women, who are concerned about their own health as well as the health of their unborn babies, this decision can be doubly confusing.
However, according to a recent study published in the journal Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, there is strong evidence that COVID-19 poses a significant threat to unborn babies. Specifically, the study showed that the virus can attack and damage the placenta, which is a vascular organ responsible for providing developing fetuses with oxygen and nutrients. The study involved the examination of 68 prenatal deaths across 12 countries. All of the examined babies had mothers who were unvaccinated and infected with the COVID-19 virus during pregnancy. The study found that, in many cases, the placenta had a substantial amount of damage, ultimately cutting fetuses off from their supply of oxygen, causing asphyxiation and hypoxia.
This article from NBC Health/Yahoo! News provides a thorough summary of the study’s findings, as well as advice on why pregnant women need to get vaccinated. You can also read the full pdf of the study here.Back to blog