Doctors in Paris , France, have reported the first proven case of Covid-19 being passed on from a pregnant woman to her baby in the womb.
According to the researchers the Covid-19 can be transmitted in utero, thus, the coronavirus can be transmitted from a pregnant woman to a fetus.
The research was published in Nature Communications, following the case of woman who was 35 weeks ago pregnant went to the hospital with symptoms of COVID-19.
Upon tests she tested positive for coronavirus. After three days fetal heart monitoring indicated signs of distress, and the baby was delivered by emergency cesarean section.
The newborn boy developed inflammation in the brain within days of being born, a condition brought on after the virus crossed the placenta and established an infection prior to birth.
However, both the baby and mother have recovered.
Until now, they have not been able to rule out the possibility that the babies were infected during or soon after delivery