Study: COVID-19 during pregnancy raises risk for preterm delivery, complications

Pregnant women with COVID-19 are about 40% more likely to deliver their babies prematurely, according to a study published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open. … “For expectant mothers, it is important to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection,” study co-author Dr. Ninh T. Nguyen, [school of medicine professor] told UPI in an email. “Infection at the time of childbirth is associated with higher risk for ICU admission, preterm birth and even death,” said Nguyen, chair of the department of surgery at the University of California, Irvine.