Pregnant women who contract COVID-19 are more likely to end up in intensive care and need respiratory intubation or ventilation, according to a national study conducted by researchers at UC Irvine. … In addition to the need for intensive care, the women were also more likely to have a pre-term birth or die in childbirth. Dr. Jennifer Jolley, a UCI Health obstetrician [and associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology] who specializes in high-risk maternal and fetal medicine, was a co-author of the study. She said vaccination is the best defense against COVID and any related pregnancy complications. “We do not have an increased risk of fetal or maternal complications with COVID vaccination during pregnancy,” she said.