The pregnant and unvaccinated women against the Covid-19 disease are more at risk of giving birth to stillborn babies, indicates new research from the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
The research found that the Covid-19 disease generates the conditions that generate the destruction of the placenta and deprives the fetus of oxygen.
The study was published in the journal Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and was based on the analysis of 64 cases of stillborn babies and four early neonatal deaths in twelve countries.
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It was found in the study that the women were not vaccinated against the Covid-19 disease. The variants that caused the infant deaths were not identified in the laboratory, but it is believed that most of these were caused by the Delta variant and none by Omicron. Although stillbirths attributable to covid-19 are a risk, they are not common.
The investigation was carried out by the pathologist David Schwartz who was the one who identified the placental insufficiency and as the main cause of stillbirths in women with Covid-19.
“We found that in all cases, the placentas from infected mothers had a serious abnormality known as SARS-CoV-2 placentitis,” the pathologist said.
Virus-induced lesions in the placenta were found to obstruct maternal and fetal blood flow and oxygen exchange causing irreparable damage and necrosis of the placenta.
Schwartz added that the most common placental abnormality was increased fibrin (a key protein involved in blood clotting) which, in almost all cases, was “massive” and obstructed the flow of blood and oxygen to the placenta.
The doctor said timely vaccinations for pregnant women are necessary to reduce the risk of death in unborn babies.
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