Get Vaccinated Against Covid, Experts Beg Pregnant Women
Pregnant women are the ones who seem the least aware of the risks out of all the populations still at risk from Covid-19, including the elderly and immunocompromised.
Even in cases where the pregnant woman has no symptoms or only a mild illness, covid can cause stillbirths, preterm births, and miscarriages. The infection may also have an impact on the baby's brain development.
The Covid vaccine is safe for pregnant women, according to dozens of studies.
Dr. Denise Jamieson, an obstetrician at Emory University in Atlanta and a participant in the Covid expert group of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, expressed her concern about it.
In comparison to women who were not pregnant, only about 6% of pregnant women with Covid ended up in the hospital, according to data from a study published in June 2020.
Pregnant infected women had a 50% higher chance of being admitted to intensive care units and a 70% higher chance of needing a ventilator.
According to Dr. Neel Shah, assistant professor at Harvard and chief medical officer of Maven Clinic, a digital health care provider for women and families, it ...
...is now abundantly clear that getting vaccinated is crucial for both you and your unborn child if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing.
Only about a third of expectant mothers were immunized at that point, and mistrust and false information had already been planted.
Sincerity be damned, Dr. Shah said, "that was a big part of the failure."
We now know that's untrue; that's an oversimplification, according to Dr. Jamieson. Pregnancy can also result in conditions ...
...like diabetes and high blood pressure, both of which increase a person's risk for developing severe COVID.
She added that the placenta serves as the fetus's equivalent of lungs and that Covid can harm it in the same way that lungs do. Most babies are healthy as long as the pregnancy has lasted at least 30 weeks, she said.
There was no meaningful association, the researchers concluded.
According to Dr. Lyerly, neutral messaging—like the messaging in the JAMA article—is not neutral when fear is present.
The "better safe than sorry" attitude that so many members of the public, doctors, and even public health officials have toward pregnancy is ultimately not safer, she continued.
In fact, it puts expectant mothers in danger. She added that the advantages of vaccination for the fetus had not been sufficiently ...
...emphasized in public health messages, which should have highlighted the risks of Covid to expectant mothers.
One in three women said they planned to get the Covid vaccine only after giving birth in the Maven survey, for instance.
She advised against being overly insistent during the first visit because they might decide otherwise.