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Thursday, 18 July 2024
Covid unlocking in UK leads to increase infections among pregnant women

According to the BBC, doctors and midwives fear next week's relaxation of Covid restrictions will lead to an increase in infections among pregnant women. 

The warning comes from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). It says pregnant women can be at greater risk of getting severely ill with Covid.

Experts are urging women to get the Covid vaccine "to protect yourself, your baby and your family".

Evidence shows having the Covid jab is safe during pregnancy.

The risk of being very ill with Covid is increaed in the late stage of pregnancy, in part due to the pressure exerted on the lungs by the growing foetus.

Mothers who give birth while infected are more likely to need an emergency Caesarean and had higher rates of stillbirth, although the actual increases remain low.

Citing the RCOG , the BBC said its data suggests 58% of pregnant women have declined a Covid vaccine. pregnant women


Source: BBC
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