Pregnant women who develop COVID-19 symptoms face an increased risk of emergency complications, two new studies show.

The first study, which hasn’t been peer-reviewed, found that pregnant women with symptomatic COVID-19 had a higher percentage of emergency complications when compared to those who tested positive but were asymptomatic, CNN reported.

The research — presented over the weekend at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ annual meeting — found that of the 100 COVID-19-positive mothers who delivered babies between March and September 2020 at a Texas hospital, 58% of those with symptomatic infections delivered in emergency situations, compared to 46% of asymptomatic cases, according to CNN.

A second study, which looked specifically at women in the third trimester of their pregnancies, reviewed the records of more than 2,400 women at one hospital in Israel between March and September 2020 and observed significant health differences between the women who had COVID-19 and those who didn’t.

The peer-reviewed study, published Sunday in The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, found that of the COVID-19-positive patients, 67% were asymptomatic.

The researchers said women with symptomatic cases had the most problems, including higher rates of gestational diabetes, lower white blood cell counts and heavier bleeding during delivery, CNN reported. Additionally, the delivered babies had more breathing issues.

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