COVID-19 Linked to Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications – Consumer Health News
MONDAY, March 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is associated with an increased risk of perinatal complications, according to a study published online March 21 JAMA Internal Medicine.
Assiamira Ferrara, MD, Ph.D., of Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland, and colleagues assessed the risk of perinatal complications associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection and identified factors associated with hospitalization. The analysis included 43,886 pregnant subjects who gave birth between March 1, 2020 and March 16, 2021 with longitudinal electronic health record data from preconception to delivery.
The researchers found that after adjusting for demographic characteristics, comorbidities, and smoking status, individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection had a higher risk of severe maternal morbidity (hazard ratio [HR], 2.45), preterm birth (
“This information may help inform management of the infection during pregnancy, help patients understand the risks of these complications, and support vaccination recommendations for pregnant women and those planning to conceive,” the authors write.