Pregnant women who tested positive for Covid-19 when admitted to a hospital to give birth were at a greater risk for stillbirth compared to those who did not, according to a study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Friday, with risks rising more since the delta variant has become the dominant strain.
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In an analysis of 1.2 million hospital deliveries, stillbirths occurred among 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 women who did not.
During the period studied in which the delta variant was the dominant strain of Covid-19 (July-Sept. 2021), the rate of stillbirths among pregnant women with Covid-19 increased to 2.7%, while the rate of stillbirths among those without Covid-19 essentially remained constant at 0.63%.
The data reinforces earlier reports from the CDC of increased risk of stillbirths for women with Covid-19, along with other adverse outcomes such as preterm birth, admission of the mother and/or neonates to the intensive care unit, and death of the mother.
In September, the Mississippi State Department of Health found that pregnant women with Covid-19 were having stillbirths at nearly twice the normal rate since the beginning 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 pregnant women be vaccinated for Covid-19. Vaccination rates among pregnant women are far below the national average, with the CDC reporting 35.3% of pregnant women as fully vaccinated prior to or during the pregnancy as of Nov. 13. In August, a CDC analysis sampling nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine did not find an increased risk of miscarriage; around 13% of the women miscarried, which falls in line with the normal rate of 11%-16%. Report the details…
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