As states reopen, medical experts recommend pregnant women stay vigilant against COVID-19

Health 2020/5/30

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The office´s "super caring" nurses take turns trying to convince Smith to come in for more in-person appointments because a surgery last year puts her at higher risk of premature labor. She´s more worried about COVID-19 though, and is on track for a June 20 cesarean section.

A new study of pregnant patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, gave expectant mothers a potential new reason to worry. It found higher rates of injury and blood clots in the placenta due to inadequate blood flow from the mother.The placenta is an organ that forms to provide oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and removes waste products from the baby´s blood.

But even the Northwestern University Medicine researchers who conducted the study say their research on 16 patients isn´t conclusive enough to suggest pregnant women ought to take greater social distancing and hygiene precautions than should be routine by now. 

"I started getting panicky emails," said co-author and pathologist Dr. Jeffery Adam Goldstein, "but people should be cautious, rather than afraid."

As states reopen, medical experts recommend pregnant women stay vigilant against COVID-19

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The study in the Journal of Clinical Pathology involved pregnant women with COVID-19 who del

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