Whenever I’m out, I find myself in awe of the pregnant people I see. They survive and carry a baby in a pandemic. There are plenty of worries during pregnancy, from multiple tests to uncomfortable vaginal ultrasounds. And now add the receipt of the COVID vaccination to this list. The CDC recommends that all pregnant women talk to their doctor before receiving the vaccine, but they also say that it is not necessary to receive the vaccine.
In late February this year, Pfizer and BioNtech began clinical trials to test their COVID-19 vaccine on pregnant women. To date, data on how many pregnant people have been partially or fully vaccinated are limited. Dr Laura Riley, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Immunization, Infectious Diseases and an expert working group on public health, told NBC News: “Excluding pregnant women, you leave us in this very place. which we “again at the moment ̵
At the national level, as of June 4, more than 299 million doses have been given, and 50.75% of our country has received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. 137.46 million people, or 41% of the population, are fully vaccinated. In other countries, pregnant women find it difficult to get the vaccine. For example, in India, where hundreds of pregnant women have died from coronavirus, the vaccine has not been approved for use during pregnancy.
With the recent and alleged link between the vaccinated youth and the increase in heart problems, there is reason to be relieved. New study conducted by Northwestern Medicine and published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that there was no risk to the placentas of pregnant women who received the COVID vaccine and the health of their babies was not compromised.
The study, which compared the placentas at the microscopic level after birth of people who received and did not receive the COVID vaccine, found that their placentas were not adversely affected by receiving the vaccine. The role of the placenta is to provide a safe home for the baby’s growth – sending oxygen and nutrients through the parent to the baby. Given its importance during pregnancy, the fact that it appears unaffected by the vaccine is great news.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and doctors around the world recommend vaccination against COVID for all pregnant women – precisely because they, and therefore their babies, are at higher risk of complications associated with COVID-19. “Pregnant people are more likely to get COVID-19 than non-pregnant women,” the CDC said. In addition, they say, “pregnant women with COVID-19 are at increased risk of preterm birth and may be at increased risk of other adverse pregnancy outcomes compared to pregnant women without COVID-19.”
Dr. Shad Deering, who is chair of the Department of Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and assistant dean of the faculty at Baylor Medical College in San Antonio, supports the findings of the study. He told ABC12 News, “Seeing no change, no inflammation, no placental damage, makes us feel even better, that we feel it’s a safe vaccine.”
Over time and the growth of their babies, I look forward to reading research that also looks at their development. Such a study should reassure us only a little and remind us to love science a little more. COVID-19 has given us a lot to fear and worry about. It takes away loved ones and changes the way we live every part of our lives, from the way (and where) we work to how (and where) we shop. Now there is something to celebrate – a vaccination that has been proven to help mothers and babies.
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