COVID-19 during pregnancy can lead to maternal, perinatal challenges

CANTON – Sierra Stoffer was already five months into her pregnancy when she found herself in the Aultman Hospital emergency room with a serious case of COVID-19

Her oxygen levels had dropped and her blood pressure was all over the place. She was immediately triaged into the hospital, where doctors were concerned about the potential for heart failure.

“You try to protect your baby before they even get out here and now you’re fighting something you can’t see,” Sierra said.

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She was treated with a monoclonal antibody infusion and eventually recovered, though not without some remaining challenges. Since the infection, Sierra has needed to keep two inhalers on hand to manage her asthma, and throughout the rest of her pregnancy was continuously monitoring the growth of her baby, which could have been impacted by COVID-19.