Sumary of Unvaccinated Pregnant People With COVID-19 Have Increased Risk of Poor Birth Outcomes:
- COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for pregnant people, and vaccination has been proven not to increase the risk of preterm birth or small-for-gestational-age at birth.
- However, pregnant people who contract COVID-19 and are not vaccinated are more likely to experience poor birth outcomes, even if they did not experience severe respiratory problems during their infection.
- Research led by the Institute for Systems Biology and published in The Lancet studied the impact of maternal COVID-19 infection on birth outcomes.
- The study included people who had PCR-tested positive for COVID-19 during pregnancy, subdivided by the trimester of infection.
- No one in this cohort had been vaccinated for COVID-19 at the time they contracted the virus.