Spanish Study Shows Higher Risk of COVID-19 Pneumonia for Pregnant Women

By Reuters Staff

June 18, 2020

(Reuters) - Pregnant women may face a higher risk of developing pneumonia from COVID-19 than women in general aged between 30 and 40, a Spanish study showed on Wednesday.

The obstetrics and infectious diseases departments at Madrid's 12 de Octubre hospital found the risk of developing severe pneumonia from COVID-19 in "pregnant patients is high and superior to that of women of the same age", a hospital statement said.

Pregnant women who showed coronavirus symptoms had a 61.5% chance of developing pneumonia, according to the study. This compared with an average risk of 25% for women between 30 and 40 years old in Spain, according to the results, which were also published in the journal EClinicalMedicine (

Researchers tracked 52 adult pregnant women who were diagnosed with COVID-19 between March 6 and April 5. Some 32 of the group contracted pneumonia, of whom more than half required supplemental oxygen.

Most pregnant women with COVID-19 did not need to be induced into labour and only three of the women included in the study needed a C-section as a result of the disease.