The study says that children born to mothers infected with the Coronavirus who have symptoms are more likely to suffer from health problems

A new study shows that babies born to mothers infected with the coronavirus have a much higher chance of developing health problems such as difficulty breathing compared to newborns of mothers without COVID-19.

The study, published in the Journal of Maternal, Fetal, and Neonatal Medicine, adds to the mounting evidence that complications of COVID-19 can be particularly challenging for pregnant women and children.

“There were significant differences between positive and healthy controls for COVID-19,” lead author Dr. Elior Eliasi wrote.

These include higher rates of gestational diabetes, significantly lower white blood counts, increased bleeding during delivery, and “respiratory complications in the newborn,” he wrote.

“We found that patients born with COVID-19 had higher rates of compound negative outcomes than healthy labour, with higher rates of negative outcomes in symptomatic women than in asymptomatic women,” the study authors said.

While some pregnant women are forgoing the vaccination out of fear that it might affect their babies, the opposite appears to be true, ABC News reports in a comprehensive Q&A about pregnancy and COVID-19. Pregnant people are at higher risk of serious illness, hospitalization and even death if they contract COVID-19, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has strongly urged them since the summer to get vaccinated.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine have joined the CDC in calling for pregnant women to get the vaccine.

Researchers led by New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine found in a study published last month in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Maternal – Fetal Medicine.

Pregnant women are more likely to end up in hospital with complications from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and have a 70% higher risk of death. Add to that the results of another study, published last month in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which found that the delta variant exacerbates the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said premature birth and stillbirth are also on the list of risks to the fetus.

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