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Covid and pregnancy: What we know about what happens to your immune system

Early data from pregnant women with Covid-19 indicates that the disease is linked to premature birth and changes to the placenta that might reflect altered blood flow

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April Rees & Catherine Thornton | The Conversation
Any new infectious disease poses unique challenges to people who are pregnant during an outbreak. The effects of Sars, Zika and influenza in pregnancy highlight the potential immediate and longer term detrimental health outcomes a virus can have for both mother and baby. These risks include premature delivery of the baby with Sars, birth defects with Zika and greater risk of severe influenza.
Should we be as worried about pregnancy and Covid-19? There are a number of things we need to think about. These fall into two broad areas related to the effects on the foetus and the effects on the

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First Published: Aug 18 2020 | 9:34 AM IST

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