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The Effects of COVID-19 on Pregnant Women

As scientists and doctors work to understand more about COVID-19 and how the disease attacks the body, a recent study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology examined the impact of COVID-19 on women who contracted the disease during pregnancy.

Researchers compared the placentas of these patients to two different control groups and discovered that maternal vascular malperfusion (incorrect or abnormal blood supply) is more widespread in the third semester among the women who had COVID. “COVID-19 placentas show increased prevalence of decidual arteriopathy and other features of MVM, a pattern of placental injury reflecting abnormalities in oxygenation within the intervillous space associated with adverse perinatal outcomes.”

Considerations moving forward

This study reinforces the need for more information, so that doctors can better understand the risks that exist for pregnant mothers and their babies.

Furthermore, it has been established that abnormally-low oxygen in the placenta that occurs late in pregnancy tends to correlate with poor blood flow to the fetus. This, in turn, can lead to fetal brain injury and cerebral palsy or other birth injuries.

Clearly, based on the information that now exists, obstetricians need to be aware of the heightened possibility for abnormally-functioning placentas and adjust their care accordingly. Increased observation and careful screenings are essential for the health and wellbeing of mother and child.

Having COVID-19 is just one of many potential complications in pregnancy. At The Eisen Law Firm, we stay on top of issues relating to healthy deliveries for both the mother and child. We also stay on top of errors that can occur in childbirth. If you or someone you love had a complicated birth resulting in a birth injury, contact the Eisen Law Firm to discuss available options and make sure you get the compensation to which you are entitled. To schedule your free consultation, call 216-287-0900 or contact us online today.