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Pregnant women have COVID-19 symptoms that last longer than average, study finds

Pregnant women with COVID-19 can have symptoms that last more than two months, far longer than the average patient, according to a new study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology on Wednesday.

The study, led by researchers at the University of California–San Francisco and University of California–Los Angeles, is the largest study to date of non-hospitalized pregnant women. A quarter of the 594 women studied had COVID-19 symptoms that lasted two months or longer. Non-pregnant patients who experience symptoms for more than a month or two after testing positive are informally known as “long-haulers.”

“We found that pregnant people with COVID-19 can expect a prolonged time with symptoms,” senior author Vanessa L. Jacoby, MD, MAS, vice chair of research in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF, and co-principal investigator of the national pregnancy study, said in a statement. “COVID-19 symptoms during pregnancy can last a

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Experts call for including pregnant women in COVID-19 vaccine trials

More than 210,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19, and tens of thousands are testing positive daily. The best way to defeat the pandemic is with a safe vaccine that can protect a large share of the population, especially people at higher risk of exposure, such as frontline health workers, and those more vulnerable, such as the elderly and, some health experts maintain, pregnant women. The data on whether pregnancy increases the risk for coronavirus infection or leads to more complications is incomplete, but there are preliminary indications that it is a potential risk factor.

By the workings of “herd immunity,” a vaccine wouldn’t even have to be given to everyone; if a large enough portion of the population is protected from infection, the virus won’t be able to keep spreading. The country is nowhere near that point at present.

It is encouraging to know that there are

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Rochelle Humes to self-isolate from 38 weeks pregnant

Rochelle Humes, photographed here in 2018, is now isolating before the arrival of her third child. (Getty Images)
Rochelle Humes, photographed here in 2018, is now isolating before the arrival of her third child. (Getty Images)

Rochelle Humes, 31, has announced in an Instagram post that she will be isolating until her baby is born admitting she’s “a bit freaked out” again about the coronavirus.

The TV presenter is 38 weeks’ pregnant with her third child, having already had Alaia-May, 7, and Valentina, 3, with husband Marvin.

Humes isn’t the only celebrity to feel worried about COVID-19 as her due date approaches, with Paloma Faith commenting on the post to say: “I’m the same I’m pregnant and already said NO WORK 3rd trimester as I’m crazy with worry!”

It has led some parents to question when and if they should be isolating as their third trimester draws to a close.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists are publishing the most up to date information for pregnant women

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Pregnant Model Elsa Hosk Reveals Sex of Her Baby on the Way with Stripped-Down Maternity Photos

It’ll be a baby girl for Elsa Hosk!

On Sunday, the Victoria’s Secret Angel, 31, announced she is expecting a daughter and shared images from a stylish maternity photoshoot in which she shows off her growing baby bump in a pair of white Calvin Klein underwear and white pants.

“Babygirl 💕💕💕💕💕💕,” Hosk captioned the post.

New mom Gigi Hadid showed love in the comment section, writing, “yay👭🏼💞,” as more stars reacted to the reveal, including actress Michelle Monaghan, who wrote, “A lovely girl!!! 💓💓”

The Swedish model, who is now 21 weeks along, announced her pregnancy last Tuesday on Instagram alongside a series of stunning black-and-white photos.

“Been keeping this angel in my belly a secret for a while … 👼🏻 Feeling beyond excited and lucky to be having a baby and begin the next chapter of life with the man of my dreams!!!!” she wrote with the pregnancy reveal

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Midwife feels pressure after hundreds of pregnant women get in touch

Midwife Marley Hall has been helping pregnant women over social media. (SWNS)
Midwife Marley Hall has been helping pregnant women over social media. (SWNS)

A midwife has said she has been “inundated” with private messages from pregnant women unable to get in-person support during the coronavirus pandemic.

Restrictions due to COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of some face-to-face maternity appointments, which has led to Marley Hall, 39, receiving social media requests from women who have questions about their pregnancies.

The NHS and private midwife said that one request came from a 12-year-old girl who thought she was pregnant and was unable to get support.

She estimates that she receives around 300 messages each week – a tenfold increase – since lockdown began.

Read more: Health visitors raise concerns about vulnerable patients during pandemic

Hall spends a significant amount of time replying to the queries, with women confiding in her that they simply don’t know where to turn for advice.

She’s calling

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Florida must recognize threat of extreme heat, especially for pregnant women

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Summer in our tropical paradise feels hotter than the ones I remember as a child. In fact, the last five years are the hottest ever measured. Florida’s record-smashing summers are dangerous.  Experts predict more frequent, severe, and longer heat waves in our future. In Palm Beach County, the number of days with a “feels like” temperature over 100°F are predicted to quadruple from the historic average of 28 a year to 121 such days by mid-century. 

Extreme heat is a public health concern. Heat is called the silent killer because it kills more people than any other extreme weather event. At least 700 people in the U.S. die each year of heat-related illnesses, and some researchers suggest this number is much higher. As the earth warms, there will be more emergency room visits, illness, and deaths. The good news is that many of these deaths can be

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Victoria’s Secret Model Elsa Hosk Is Pregnant With Her First Baby

Elsa Hosk is going to be a mom!

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Victoria’s Secret supermodel announced that she’s expecting her first baby with her boyfriend Tom Daly. The 31-year-old star shared the pregnancy news alongside a series of photos of her baby bump, captured by photographer Sante D’Orazio. “Been keeping this angel in my belly a secret for a while,” Hosk captioned the post. “Feeling beyond excited and lucky to be having a baby and begin the next chapter of life with the man of my dreams!!!!”

She also indicated how far along she is in her pregnancy, writing, “Half way there @tomtomdaly.”

In response to the news, many of Hosk’s supermodel friends sent her well wishes. Irina Shayk, who shares daughter Lea with ex Bradley Cooper, wrote, “Congrats [heart emoji].” While Shanina Shaik commented, “So so excited another little angel !!!! Congratulations to you and

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