NEW YORK (Dagbladet): The corona pandemic has had a significant and negative effect on pregnant women and infants, according to a large study done by the medical journal Lancet.
The researchers have reviewed data from 40 studies in 17 countries to look at the consequences of the pandemic. The results are anything but uplifting.
The number of stillbirths and miscarriages has increased by almost a third. The number of ectopic pregnancies – where the fertilized egg attaches itself outside the uterus – has become six times more common between January 2020 and January 2021. Ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening if left untreated.
Researchers at St. George’s University in London believe these problems are due to a lack of access to medical treatment during the pandemic. Hospitals have become overcrowded with corona patients, and some women may have been reluctant to see a doctor for fear of being exposed to the virus.
According to six out of ten studies in the survey, the number of pregnant women, who report that they struggle with depression, has also increased.
The study found no change in the number born prematurely.
– Deep-gripping effects
“It is clear from our study that the pandemic disruption has led to unavoidable deaths among both mothers and infants, especially in low- and middle-income countries,” Professor Asma Khalil of St. George’s University in London told CNN.
She therefore urges the authorities to prioritize child and maternal health.
Professor Denise Jamieson at Emory University did not participate in the study, but she describes the findings as worrying.
– This is convincing evidence that the effects of the pandemic go far beyond the effects of a covid infection. It shows that there are profound effects on the health of children and mothers that can last far beyond the pandemic, she says to the TV channel.
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