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Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

She Found Health
Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
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With the ever-evolving state of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have put together this current and timely episode for you to help navigate the often overwhelming world of the COVID-19 vaccine, Omicron variant, boosters, and how those might affect you in pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Our guest, Dr. Elisabeth Marnik has a PhD. in genetics and immunology, is a scientist, professor, and a passionate science communicator. Please join her and Dr. Sarah as they break-down how the immune system works and changes during pregnancy, and how the vaccine and booster work in conjunction to give you and your baby the protection you need.

The Immune System During Pregnancy

The main job of the immune system is to identify when there is something foreign present, such as a virus, attack it, and get rid of it because it thinks that it's something that's going to make you sick. In most cases - this is a good thing! But that also means that your immune system is primed to identify your fetus and placenta...

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COVID-19 & Vaccines in Newborns and Young Kids!

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COVID-19 & Vaccines in Newborns and Young Kids!
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As we all continue to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, today’s podcast is a recap of Dr. Sarah’s IGTV live discussion around the pandemic & vaccines in newborns and young kids with Dr. Rebekah Diamond, M.D. and founder of Parent like a Pediatrician.

It is hard to navigate all of the information that is being thrown our way daily. When it comes to kids, there seem to be two predominant narratives; the first is that COVID is super scary and everyone's going to have something horrible happen if they go near COVID, and the second is that COVID is no big deal, especially for kids.

COVID-19 remains the disease that tends not to affect children with as much intensity and acute illness, risk is less than it might be for a lot of other things that we worry about in pediatrics, but it's not zero. In addition to the Delta variant appearing to be a bit more virulent, protecting kids from COVID-19 just makes sense. Like with most parenting, we must weigh the risks of...

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COVID-19 Vaccine: In pregnancy, lactation and when trying to concieve!

Are you pregnant, breastfeeding or TTC? Wondering what to do about the COVID 19 vaccine? You're not alone...nor should this be a decision you make alone! 

 

There is a lot of information out there about the vaccine, some of it reliable, some of it not. And it can be hard to weave through. That's why we are here! 

 

Dr. Sierra Richards, PharmD, and Dr. Sarah Lea took the time to weave through the evidence and clinical guidelines and summarize the most up to date recommendations to help you guide your decision making. 

 

They touch on everything from understanding how the vaccine works, explaining its ingredients, a brief overview of the trials, and what the recommendations are for the perinatal population. 

 

 

Want more information? Check out these recommendations and consensus statements: 

Academy of Breastfeeding Statement: Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination in Lactation

Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada...

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Update: COVID-19 Pregnancy and Delivery

We've been getting lots of questions about coronavirus, or COVID-19 infection, in pregnancy so we put together this blog post to address the TOP 5 questions we've been getting. And if you're more of a video kind of learner, check out our new YouTube video shared today where we touch on the same content! 

 

 

Should I delay trying to conceive? 

 The short answer is we don’t know. 

There is NO definitive evidence that covid-19 infection is associated with increased risk of early pregnancy loss or fetal malformations, though we do know that elevated temperatures in early pregnancy can be associated with fetal malformations, so there is that possible risk. 

 The Canadian Fertility and Androgony Society have released a statement indicating that they are recommending suspending all ART procedures (ovulation inductions and IVF) until further notice. 

Additionally, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has also issues a similar...

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