A pandemic center’s experience of managing pregnant women with COVID‐19 infection in Turkey: A prospective cohort study

Prospective, single tertiary pandemic center cohort study conducted on pregnant women with confirmed or suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection. Positive diagnosis was made on an RT-PCR assay of a nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal specimen. SARS-CoV-2 was suspected in 100 pregnant women. Of them, 29 had the diagnosis confirmed by RT-PCR. Eight of the remaining 71 cases had clinical findings highly suspicious for COVID-19. Ten (34.5%) of the confirmed cases had co-morbidities. Cough (58.6%) and myalgia (51.7%) were the leading symptoms. COVID-19 therapy was given to 10 (34.5%) patients. There were no admissions to the intensive care unit. Pregnancy complications were present in 7 (24.1%) patients. Half of the births (5/10) were cesarean deliveries. None of the neonates were positive for SARS-CoV-2. Samples of breastmilk were also negative for the virus. Three neonates were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit.

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