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Considering the effects of COVID-19 infection on the pregnant mother and fetus; a review article
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  • Alexandra Rowland,
  • Lukasz Polanski,
  • Daniel Greaves,
  • Miriam Baumgarten
Alexandra Rowland
University of Cambridge
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Lukasz Polanski
Guy's and Saint Thomas' Hospitals NHS Trust
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Daniel Greaves
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Miriam Baumgarten
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Abstract

COVID-19 has emerged as a new viral illness with potential for significant morbidity and mortality. Pregnant women are high risk for contracting the virus or suffering from complications, however data regarding the effect of COVID-19 on pregnancy is limited to case reports from affected countries. The pathophysiology of COVID-19 infection may provide insights of the threat to mother and fetus. In this review we collate available evidence of harm caused by COVID-19 to mothers and their offspring in all trimesters. Obstetricians must understand the risks posed by this pandemic to effectively counsel women who are currently pregnant or planning conception.