Jun 29, 2009

CBS 5 has learned that at least five pregnant women have been hospitalized in Bay Area intensive care units due to complications of the H1N1 swine flu.

Sources said two of the five women are no longer in ICU, but they remained hospitalized. All the fetuses appeared to be fine, the sources indicated.

This may be the first reported cluster of pregnant women infected with H1N1 in the country. One obstetrician who was consulted on all five cases told CBS 5 that he had never seen anything like this before.

All the pregnant women are or were in their early third trimester. Some required intubation or help breathing, sources said.

Some of these women were perfectly healthy, while others had underlying health conditions. While the doctor could not divulge what other health conditions these pregnant women had, the Centers for Disease Control said respiratory conditions such as allergies or asthma or even heart disease, may put a person at a higher risk.