Sharp’s doctor says more pregnant women are being hospitalized due to COVID

SAN DIEGO — A fetal medicine specialist at Sharp HealthCare said she has noticed a rise in the number of pregnant women hospitalized with COVID-19 as San Diego County reported Friday The first pregnant woman to die from the virus.

Local public health officials say the woman and her baby died earlier this week after being taken to hospital. Not much has been publicly shared about the woman due to privacy concerns, but officials said she has not been vaccinated.

More than 170 pregnant women across the country have died from complications from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 97% of those hospitalized have not been vaccinated against COVID.

“There’s a huge increase compared to what we’re going through right now with the delta increasing to what we saw at the start of the pandemic,” Dr. Joanna Adamczak of Sharp HealthCare told FOX 5.

Adamczak said pregnant women are already in a high-risk group. She said contracting COVID during pregnancy comes with a risk of premature birth or death.

“Women in general are immunocompromised during pregnancy,” she said. “They have reduced lung capacity and all of that affects the mother.”

Adamczak said the best way to prevent women dying from COVID is vaccination.

“It lowers the risk of death, and that’s a known complication, it’s the most serious complication,” she said. “It’s tragic, but it’s real.”

List of San Diego County vaccination sites available online at corona virus-sd.com.

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