Study Finds COVID-19 May Cause Placenta Damage
For expecting moms, COVID-19 has added a lot of unknowns to an already tough and sometimes uncertain time in their lives.
Since the virus is so new, we don't know a lot about how the disease affects pregnancy.
A first-of-its-kind study may have found a link between COVID-19 and placenta abnormalities.
Researchers followed 16 women, all who had COVID-19 during pregnancy. One woman had a miscarriage in her second trimester, and the other 15 gave birth to healthy babies. Injuries were found in the placenta of all 16 women.
“There was a change in the arteries in the maternal side that transmit the oxygen and nutrients to the baby, and it appears there was some affect then that could potentially have downstream affects for the fetus,” SAID Dr. Emily Patel, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist with Methodist.