A study conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada has confirmed that pregnant women infected and not vaccinated against Covid-19 are at greater risk associated with the disease than those who have received the vaccine.
The results of the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, show “more severe consequences in pregnant women compared to those who are not pregnant, with rates of hospitalization and admission to the unit of significantly higher intensive care,” explained the study’s lead author, Dr. Deborah Moneyla Dr. Money. The researchers calculated that pregnant women infected with Covid-19 were 2.65 times more likely to require hospitalization and 5.46 times more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit than women in the group. reference.
They also found somewhat higher rates of premature births in unvaccinated Covid-19 infected women and that the risk of premature birth increased to 11% in infected pregnant women, compared to 6.8% in pregnant women. pregnant women who have not contracted the virus.
“It’s not just women who are getting sicker. There are adverse effects for babies, because prematurity is associated with a complex number of health problems for infants,” Dr. Deborah Money pointed out.
Certain factors like age, high blood pressure, diabetes and being in late stages of pregnancy also increase the risk of complications in pregnant and infected women, she noted.