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Why are pregnant people more at risk from COVID-19?

Yolanda Tinajero, MD, OB/GYN explains when you are pregnant you are more vulnerable to COVID-19 if you get infected because of changes to the immune system. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects you and your baby.

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Patients who are pregnant can actually develop more severe infections of COVID-19. During pregnancy. The body has particular changes that might actually make you more susceptible to respiratory infections. That’s why it’s so important to receive not only the COVID-19 vaccine, but the flu vaccine and the Tdap vaccines as well.
Some of the risks associated with COVID-19 infections during pregnancy include developing severe symptoms of COVID-19, and these would include requiring to be hospitalized, to receive treatments, to try to treat the infection, but that might also require admission to an ICU intubation and mechanical ventilation. It can also increase the risk of stillbirth and preterm deliveries in patients who are pregnant.

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