Even a mild coronavirus infection in pregnant women can pose a risk to the baby’s survival, say researchers at Rotterdam-based Erasmus University Hospital Center. They found that the virus had an impact on the oxygen and nutrient supply of the fetus.
In their research, they were able to establish that 13 women who had lost their babies during pregnancy suffered from Covid-19, confirms gynecologist Sam Schoenmakers, following an article in the Dutch daily Volkskrant.
We believe this has something to do with the delta variant
“We believe this has something to do with the delta variant. We’ve never seen this before“, said the gynecologist, who calls pregnant women to be vaccinated to significantly reduce the risk of worsening the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States also recently released figures on the risk of babies dying in their mother’s womb if her mother is infected with Covid.
The risk of losing a child would thus be doubled, according to their data, from 0.64% to 1.26% in the event of infection. This figure would be even higher in the case of the delta variant, rising to 2.7%.
The Dutch gynecologist would like to continue this research by incorporating data from other regions of the Netherlands, but also abroad. The 13 deceased babies were from the regions of Rotterdam, Utrecht and Leiden.