While many women put off plans to conceive when the pandemic hit last year, it is now clear that COVID-19 is not going away any time soon and that we are going to have to learn to live with it. We know more now, and we have a significant and growing body of data indicating that pregnant women are extremely vulnerable to the SARS-CoV2 virus and, compared to non-pregnant individuals, experience greater severity of illness and increased risk of mortality.
There are now several effective COVID vaccines available. Pregnant individuals and those planning to conceive are urged to get the COVID vaccine. At this point, this is the only surefire way to reduce risk of severe illness and death in this vulnerable population.
Here is a collection of articles discussing COVID-19 and the COVID vaccine in the context of pregnancy:
COVID AND PREGNANCY OUTCOMES
With the emergence of the Delta variant, the proportion of pregnant COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization rose from 10% to 15% in late August and early September, more than doubling the percentage of pregnant women requiring hospitalization during the previous years. (Science Daily) Read more about COVID-19 and pregnancy outcomes on our website at MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health.
Maternal SARS-CoV-2 Infection may increase risk for stillbirth. (Medscape – free registration)
Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, many countries have reported a significant rise in the number of pregnancies ending in stillbirths. Is this due to COVID-19 infection or other factors? (Nature)
Get the scientific facts, COVID vaccines do not affect fertility. (Axios)
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COVID Vaccine Authorized for Kids Aged 5 to 11 (Scientific American)
The Pfizer vaccine is now available for kids 5 years and older. This is what pediatricians want parents to know. (NBC News)
Models predict that vaccinating younger children against COVID-19 could curtail the spread of new coronavirus variants and bring us closer to the end of the pandemic. (Nature)