A study by the US government has shown that women with Covid-19 have twice the risk of stillbirth and miscarriage than those who do not have Covid.
Moreover, the rate of miscarriages quadrupled when the Delta Variant came into effect. This analysis was based on more than 1.2 million deliveries between March 2020 and September 2021 from one of the US’ hospitals databases.
Cases of stillbirth have increased almost thrice and the Delta variant is told to be the primary reason.
The study’s authors wrote that previous research suggested that a possible biological cause for increased risk could be the result of inflammation in the umbilical cord or decreased blood flow.
“Additional studies are needed to examine the role of maternal complications on the risk of stillbirth from COVID-19,” one of the authors said. He further said that there is a strong relationship between Covid and stillbirth in research. He said the relationship is more clear now because “the current analysis includes an additional year of data, adding to the growing evidence that clearly shows that COVID-19 is associated with an increased risk for stillbirth.”