Pregnant women infected with COVID-19 are far more likely to require intensive care or die in childbirth compared to pregnant women who do not catch the virus, a new study finds.
Researchers at the Université de Paris studied Covid's impacts on more than 200,000 pregnant women in France during the first wave of the pandemic, from January to June 2020.
Mothers-to-be with Covid were 40 times as likely to die during childbirth compared to those who weren't infected with the virus.
The Covid patients were also more likely to experience pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, gestational hypertension and hemorrhages, or end up in ICUs.
The researchers encourage pregnant women to get vaccinated in order to protect them against severe Covid outcomes.
Despite these risks, only 35 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. were fully vaccinated as of November 20, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Pregnant women infected with Covid face a much higher risk of being admitted to an ICU or dying, a new study finds. Pictured: A mother-to-be receives a Pfizer booster shot in Los Angeles, California, November 2021
More than 147,000 pregnant people have been infected with Covid in the U.S. between January 2020 and November 22, 2021, according to CDC data
Pregnant women are at high risk for severe Covid symptoms, numerous studies have shown in the past year.
Upon contracting the coronavirus, mothers-to-be face increased risks of requiring hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator.
These patients also face higher rates of stillbirth, preterm birth and C-sections.
SARS and MERS, two coronaviruses that caused outbreaks earlier in the 21st century, also had negative impacts on maternal and infant outcomes.
According to the CDC, more than 147,000 pregnant women in the U.S. have been infected with Covid between January 2020 and November 22, 2021.
Of those patients, 25,000 have been hospitalized and 240 have died.
A new study specifically examines how Covid impacts pregnancy complications, as well as maternal mortality
For the study, published on Tuesday in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine, researchers at the Université de Paris used France's National Health Data System to analyze anonymous health records from all pregnant women hospitalized in the country during the first wave of the pandemic.
In total, the analysis included more than 245,000 births between January and June 2020.
Of those mothers-to-be, 874 (or 0.36 percent) had a Covid diagnosis at the time they gave birth.
By comparing pregnancy outcomes between pregnant women who did and did not have Covid diagnoses, the researchers found that pregnant women were at much higher risk.
'When compared to the non-Covid group, women in the Covid group were associated to an increased frequency of admission to ICU, mortality, preeclampsia/eclampsia, gestational hypertension, postpartum hemorrhage, spontaneous and induced preterm and very