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Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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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 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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