Pregnant women who become infected with the delta variant are at increased risk of a stillbirth or dying during childbirth, according to two new studies published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.
The research expands on reports from doctors nationwide who have noted an unprecedented rise in pregnant women becoming critically ill with Covid-19, particularly as the highly contagious variant has taken hold.
“We are seeing loads of pregnancy complications from Covid-19 infection,” said Dr. Ellie Ragsdale, director of fetal intervention at UH Cleveland Medical Center.
Those complications include premature deliveries, abnormally high blood pressure in pregnant women, as well as pregnancy loss, said Ragsdale, who was not involved with the new research.
One of the new studies analyzed the outcomes of more than 1.2 million pregnancies nationwide between March 2020 and September of this year.