Covid-19 and pregnancy: Delta variant increases risk of stillbirth, CDC study finds

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'Throughout your pregnancy, it's important to understand the changes your body is going through'
'Throughout your pregnancy, it's important to understand the changes your body is going through'

Pregnant women who contract the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus that causes Covid-19, may have an increased risk of stillbirth or death during childbirth, according to two new studies conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The findings build on earlier studies that show these women have an increased risk of adverse outcomes, including early delivery, severe illness, and miscarriage.

One of the two new studies analysed the outcomes of more than 1.2 million pregnancies in the US between March and September 2020. The study investigators found that women who had Covid-19 had an increased risk of stillbirth.

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