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Vaccines no big deal for pregnant: COVID shot doesn’t cause premature birth, finds study

When COVID-19 vaccines were first announced, some experts were concerned because the vaccine had not been tested on pregnant women. In addition to the fear of unexpected complications, the revelation underscored how patriarchal perceptions still define our health care industry.

As it turns out, the specific concerns about these particular vaccines appear to be unfounded. A new study finds that pregnant individuals need not worry about the COVID-19 vaccine disrupting your pregnancy. In contrast, COVID-19 infection during pregnancy appears to be far more dangerous.

The findings were made by scientists in a report co-led by researchers at Yale University, which was published earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In light of ongoing concerns about potential COVID-19 vaccine side effects, researchers analyzed more than 40,000 pregnant individuals and found there was no evidence of the vaccine being harmful to pregnancy in any way.

In contrast, they cited existing data that proves that “pregnant women with COVID-19 are at increased risk for serious illness and adverse birth outcomes,” even though important vaccinations are due to concerns about issues during pregnancy. Hesitation remains.

Bottom Line: A pregnant woman – like the rest of the population – puts herself and her unborn baby at far greater risk by not getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

This information alone is not new. Previous studies have confirmed the dangers of getting pregnant and unvaccinated during pandemics. After comparing delivery outcomes for more than 869,000 women between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021 – based on whether or not they had developed COVID-19 – researchers found that the preterm births of infected women were more likely to be born, require intubation and be admitted. in an intensive care unit. They were also more likely to die during their childbirth experience: 0.1 percent of mothers who were not infected died in the hospital, compared to 0.01 percent of mothers who were not infected.

In this latest study, researchers reviewed the medical information of 40,000 patients taking into account their different levels of vaccination. The scientists found no evidence of whether anyone had vaccinated and whether their baby was born premature or too small for its gestational age.

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“CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for women who are pregnant, recently pregnant, who are trying to get pregnant now, or who may become pregnant in the future,” the agency concluded.


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Like all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects. Previously, there have been reports of people who were menstruating, or used to be menstruating, to experience unexpected changes in their cycles after they were given the shots. Some trans people who were on gender-affirming hormones, who were using long-acting reversible contraception, or who were postmenopausal reported bleeding after not having had it in some time. “Those who expected menstruation,” the report ranged from everything normal to periods that were absent and late or heavy and early.

One of the challenges of vaccine testing is that clinical trials often do not adequately address potential women’s health concerns, as Salon previously reported.

“Anytime you’re including women in a clinical trial or study design, it needs to be part of the thinking,” Catherine Schubert, president and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research, previously told Salon. Standard questions are more along the lines of, ‘If you are a person of reproductive age, are you on birth control?’ or ‘Could you be pregnant?'”

Because vaccines cause a temporary inflammatory effect in cells near the injection to induce an immune response, side effects usually include redness and tenderness in the area when you are given a shot. You may also experience pain and stiffness around your muscles, as well as discomfort and swelling around nearby lymph nodes. Sometimes a patient will also experience a fever as their body reacts to the shot. However, the most serious side effects — such as an allergic reaction or Guillain-Barré syndrome, nerve damage due to inflammation — are much more rare.

Heather Lipkind, associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine and lead author of the study, said in a statement, “Vaccination against COVID-19 is critical to preventing severe disease in pregnant people. Is.” “With rising rates of COVID-19 in our community, we are encouraging pregnant people to get vaccinated.”

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