About one in 10 pregnant women admitted to hospital with symptoms of COVID-19 requires intensive care and about one in five gives birth prematurely, according to new data.
Unvaccinated expectant mothers are at greater risk from the Delta variant, with both mother and unborn baby at particular danger of becoming severely ill from COVID-19.
There has been a worrying rise in the number of unvaccinated women being admitted to hospital with severe COVID-19, according to new data published by the University of Oxford.
Figures suggest about one in 10 pregnant women admitted to hospital with COVID symptoms requires intensive care, and about one in five gives birth prematurely.
The study reported that no pregnant women with both doses of the vaccine had been admitted to hospital between the start of the pandemic and early July.
Professor Marian Knight, the study’s chief investigator, said: “About 200 pregnant women were admitted to hospital with COVID-19 last week.