Medical expert answers commonly asked questions regarding pregnant woman and the COVID-19 vaccine
The World Health Organization recently reversed its recommendation that pregnant women not get the Moderna vaccine -- and took a similar position on the Pfizer vaccine. That means pregnant women are now being told the vaccine is safe. The WHO recently reversed their recommendation that pregnant women not get the Moderna vaccine, and took a similar position on the Pfizer vaccine. “The position was based on the fact that pregnant women were not enrolled in the studies, so there isn’t data on them. So far, luckily, we haven’t see seriously increased health risks in infants.”Can COVID-positive mothers breastfeed?
Maternal-fetal medicine expert shares ways expectant mothers can protect themselves from COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO Dr. Patrick Ramsey, chief of maternal-fetal medicine at UT Health San Antonio, says expectant mothers and women who just gave birth need to take additional precautions to avoid infection during the COVID-19 pandemic. About 15 to 20% of OBGYN patients are COVID-19 positive, and about 85% of positive cases are asymptomatic. At 38 weeks, she tested positive for COVID-19. Every newborn is tested for COVID-19 at birth and 48 hours after birth, Ramsey said. And from the breastfeeding standpoint, breastfeeding is still strongly recommended.San Antonio reported 211 positive COVID-19 cases involving children under the age of one as of July 17.
Are you pregnant or trying for a baby? Everything to know as coronavirus pandemic continues
Whether you’re pregnant now or you were hoping to be in the next few months, this might feel like an overwhelming time, living through the current coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. Time magazine recently reported that fact in an article this week about COVID-19 and how it relates to pregnant women. Yes, pregnant women are generally more susceptible to viruses, for example, the flu. It’s true that there’s limited information and published literature about exactly how susceptible pregnant women are to COVID-19, and the severity of infection. If you’re pregnant or had been trying for a baby, stay in even better contact with your doctor or health care provider.