WATCH | Expectant moms 10 times more likely to end up in ICU for Covid-19, new research shows

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Alex Carnio has one young child and two more on the way. Being pregnant with twins made getting Covid-19 even more terrifying. 

"I started having chest pain, unable to really breathe easily. I started not being able to keep any liquids down". 

The 28-year-old wasn't vaccinated yet and wound up hospitalized for five days. 

"They put me on oxygen for two days, and that was something totally shocking to me". 

Looking back, Carnio wishes she'd gotten vaccinated earlier but says pregnant women have long heard mixed messages about what's safe. 

"I've looked at my own experience, and the alternative of not being vaccinated and ending up in a critical care ward in a hospital was a million times worse". 

She's hoping other parents avoid that kind of close call. 

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Vaccine hesitancy among pregnant women

"So we know that the infection has an impact both on the health and well-being of mom and the outcome of the pregnancy," says researcher Dr Wendy Whittle. 

Whittle co-authored a new research paper on the risks of getting Covid-19 while pregnant, including a higher chance of needing a C-section and having a pre-term birth. 

The latest available Canadian data also suggests pregnant people are nearly five times more likely to be admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 than their non-pregnant peers and ten times more likely to be admitted to an ICU. 

Vaccine hesitancy among pregnant women is a trend researchers see both in Canada and beyond, despite facing higher risks if  infected. 

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