The study analyzed the placentas of 115 women who gave birth during the Corona pandemic, and researchers found more physical abnormalities than they expected to see before 2020.
The rates of placental problems tripled among mothers with corona, but it is strange that these problems also increased in pregnant women who did not have the virus.
Researchers believe that the reason behind this is the psychological stress left by the Corona pandemic, noting that it can lead to inflammation and structural changes in the skeletal system.
“The increase in placental problems we’ve seen during the pandemic is worrisome,” said study co-author, Professor at the University of Manchester, Alexander Hazel.
He believed that more studies were needed to find out the effects of “Covid-19” disease, however, he stressed that it is clear that the disease and its pressures leave their effects on the placenta.
He said that pregnant women should receive appropriate psychological care throughout the pregnancy, to help reduce the impact of the epidemic on him and her fetus.
The placenta is an organ that develops in the uterus during pregnancy. It works to provide oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and to get rid of waste products in the child’s blood, according to the Mayo Clinic website.
Typically, 1 in 500 pregnant women in the United States suffers from placenta accreta annually.
The study sample was from three countries: Britain, Canada and France, and it started since March 2020, and samples were taken from the placenta, umbilical cord and fetal membrane from mothers for the study published in the scientific journal “The Placenta”.
Three quarters of women infected with corona had placental abnormalities, and the percentage reached half in women without the virus.
The abnormalities that were observed included high levels of the protein “fibrin”, which is the most prominent part of the blood clot, and can limit the growth of the fetus and excessive calcification in the placenta.
These problems do not show any symptoms, but if the placenta separates from the uterine wall, it can cause abdominal pain, and in some cases may lead to a stillbirth or a premature baby.