Babies Exposed To COVID-19 During Pregnancy Show Poor Motor Control

A study has found that babies exposed to COVID-19 during pregnancy show a delay in motor control at 6 weeks of age. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s lives and its consequences are still being looked at. The virus was considered “new,” meaning new, and this means that medical professionals and researchers have learned about it over time and experience.

Women who were pregnant during the pandemic have contracted the virus and given birth, perhaps worrying about its possible impact on their baby’s health and development.


According to Study Finds, a new study has found that babies exposed to the virus during pregnancy show signs of motor control problems by 6 weeks of age. This study was done by researchers from the Valdecilla Research Instituteand their release can be read in full here.

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They found that six weeks after birth, babies had problems controlling certain motor functions. They weren’t relaxing when they were heldand they had a hard time controlling the movement of their heads and necks.

Researchers stated that This doesn’t mean it happens to every baby† Not all babies born to mothers who had the virus show signs of neurodevelopmental problems, but what this study shows is that the risk is higher.

It is elevated when compared to babies born to mothers who have not had COVID-19 during pregnancy. They stated that they should do more research to see what could be causing these differences and how serious they could be.

To wrap up the study, researchers looked at 21 babies born to women who tested positive for the virus during pregnancy.

They also used another group of 21 babies born to mothers who did not test positive. Mothers all took part in many tests, from hormonal tests to psychological questionnaires during and after their pregnancy. The baby’s movement was also measured, along with other behaviors.

They found that babies born to mothers who had the virus reacted differently to being held or hugged compared to the control group† They also had a harder to control their head and neck movements

This is part of a larger study that follows babies born during the pandemic, and they will monitor them as they grow to see if they can detect other long-term effects.

Sources: Study finds, Europsy

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