Covid-19 appears to attack placenta during pregnancy, study says

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A small study of 16 pregnant women who tested positive for Covid-19 found evidence of injury to the placenta, the organ that acts as the gut, kidneys, liver and lungs for a fetus during pregnancy. “I was surprised the author started talking about changes in care based on this study,” said Dr. Denise Jamieson, who co-wrote the physician practice advisory for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and was not involved in the new study.Looking at the placenta will help us understand what’s going on in pregnancy, but I think we need to be careful about jumping to what that means clinically in terms of care of pregnant women with Covid-19.” While research on infants born to mothers infected with Covid-19 is just starting, so far the virus doesn’t appear to be creating any “terribly concerning pregnancy outcomes the way we’ve seen with some other viral infections,” Jamieson said.”I think there are a whole lot of great reasons to pamper pregnant women — and I think now is a better time than ever for pregnant women to ask and receive assistance.”
And don’t worry unnecessarily.

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