According to the CDC, the COVID-19 Delta variant roughly triples the chance of stillbirth.
According to research released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contracting the COVID-19 Delta variant during pregnancy nearly triples the chance of stillbirth at delivery.
The chance of stillbirth was about 50 percent higher among pregnant women who were infected at the time of delivery even before the more contagious, and probably more dangerous, strain of the coronavirus emerged, according to the research.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that roughly 8,200 stillbirths occurred among nearly 1.25 million births in the United States between March 2020 and September this year, a rate of less than 1%.
During that time, however, 273 stillbirths occurred out of roughly 22,000 births involving people infected with COVID-19, a rate of 1.3 percent.
From July to September, after the Delta version became the most common in circulation nationwide, approximately 1,200 stillbirths were documented among people who were infected with the virus at the time of delivery, accounting for nearly 3% of all pregnancies, according to the data.
In contrast, stillbirths occurred in less than 1% of pregnancies in non-infected adults at the time of delivery.
“This study adds to accumulating evidence of a link between COVID-19 and stillbirth in pregnancy,” the CDC researchers said.
It also “highlights that maternal morbidity affects the risk of stillbirth linked with COVID-19 and reveals that the risk has increased during the Delta period,” they stated.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, fetal mortality can occur as early as 28 weeks of pregnancy.
According to the organization, it causes a baby to be born without signs of life and can have serious mental and physical health consequences for the person who delivered the child.
Although stillbirth is still a rare event in pregnancy in the United States, it has been on the rise since the epidemic began, according to CDC data.
Ones infected with COVID-19 at the time of delivery have a 90 percent higher risk of stillbirth than uninfected people, according to the CDC’s study of data from more than 1.25 million births across the country during the pandemic.
Other risk variables related to stillbirth, such as socioeconomic level, as well as the presence of other underlying health issues, such as being a smoker or being excessively overweight, were factored into this statistic.
And, according to a separate CDC study released on Friday, babies aren’t the only ones at risk from the Delta version.
In Mississippi, 15 deaths were documented among pregnant women infected with COVID-19 at the time of delivery between March 1, 2020, and October 6, 2018, with nine of them happening during the period when the Delta variety was predominant, from July to October.
“Although stillbirth was a rare outcome overall,” the agency researchers stated, “a COVID-19 diagnosis reported during the delivery hospitalization was related with an elevated chance of stillbirth in the United States.”
According to the researchers, “there was a stronger connection during the period of Delta variant prevalence.”