Pregnancy, Gestational Diabetes, and COVID-19

Pregnant women may be more susceptible to the Coronavirus, while gestational diabetes may make symptoms more severe

According to the CDC, “Pregnant women experience immunologic and physiologic changes which might make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19.”

As is the case with other respiratory illnesses and coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), pregnancy may increase the risk of severe illness, morbidity, or mortality. 

Sadly, there have been cases of pregnancy loss, miscarriage, and stillbirth in women with SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV during pregnancy, but there are no studies yet of COVID-19. It’s important to note that high fevers (one of the symptoms of COVID-19) during the first trimester can cause or increase the risk of birth defects. 

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