Osteopathic Considerations for the Pregnant Patient With COVID-19

Kendra M. Gray, DO; Lauren Murphy, MSI; and Brian Buckner, DO
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Received: July 16, 2020

Accepted: July 23, 2020

Published: August 7, 2020

J Osteopath Med; 120(11): 785-791

In any given year, approximately 130 million babies are born worldwide. Previous research has shown that pregnant women may be more severely affected and vulnerable to contracting emerging infections, making them a particularly high-risk population. Therefore, special considerations should be given to treatment methods for pregnant women with COVID-19. In this narrative review, the authors evaluate scholarly journal articles and electronic databases to determine what is known about the pathophysiology of COVID-19 in pregnancy and the associated mortality rate. Osteopathic manipulative treatment techniques to mitigate the underlying pathology were identified, and modifications for use in pregnancy and the critical care setting are described.

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