For a year and a half, the world has been in the midst of one of the most serious health crises in history. The appearance of Covid-19 has completely transformed the lives of all people and up to this moment it has caused just over 4.5 million deaths. Since then, progress has been made in various areas and one of the most important is the update related to vaccination in pregnant women.
How knowledge has changed in recent months
When the first immunization against Covid-19 was made, it was said that it was not indicated for women in pregnancy stages. The reason is because the possible effects that it could cause in that sector of the population were unknown. Although today it is different and through studies there is the certainty of all the benefits it offers.
With the above in mind, the Communication Council organized the virtual meeting Why is vaccination important in pregnant women? The objective was to present the most recent information on this topic. In this way, the fake news that abounds on the internet and that is quite dangerous is fought.
The speaker was the Dr. Karla Berdichevsky Feldman, who is a Medical Surgeon graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He has a Master of Science in Public Health from The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in England. In addition, she has served as a consultant in various international and national organizations, including the United Nations Population Fund; The Population Council; the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization; the Regional Working Group for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality (GTR) / Family Care International (FCI); the MacArthur Foundation, among others.
Priority group to receive the Covid-19 vaccine
She is currently the General Director of the National Center for Gender Equity and Reproductive Health of the Ministry of Health (SSa). The first thing he said is that a pregnant woman has the same risk of contracting it as anyone else. Although in these types of situations the life of the baby in formation in your womb is also in danger.
Until now, cases have been confirmed in the 32 entities of the country, although in five more than half of the infections in pregnant women are concentrated and they are the following:
- Mexico City – 5,229
- New Leon – 1,618
- Guanajuato – 1,486
- Jalisco – 1,346
- State of Mexico – 1,245
For his part, he recalled that when the patient suffers from risk factors such as overweight, diabetes or hypertension, she has a greater probability of suffering complications. As an example, at this time Covid-19 already represents the leading cause of maternal mortality in our country. Only during this 2021 there are 313 deaths.
Therefore, vaccination in pregnant women has gained relevance. Based on international recommendations, the SSa itself has placed this group among the priorities. The only indications are that the woman must be of legal age and at least nine weeks’ gestation to receive immediate immunization.
Most common symptoms in infected pregnant women
Now, based on current evidence, it has been possible to identify the main discomforts that pregnant women with Covid-19 develop. The list with the most common symptoms within this sector of the population is as follows:
- Shaking chills.
Similarly, the expert took the opportunity to emphasize that vaccination in pregnant women does not cause abortions or affect the sexuality of women. Therefore, the myths that circulate on the internet and which lack scientific evidence should not be believed.
In that sense, when women give birth after having received one or both doses of the immunization, they can continue breastfeeding in a conventional manner. It should not be suspended because studies endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed that there is no danger to feeding the baby.
Finally, for all medical personnel, he indicated that the SSa has an official guide. The document contains instructions on the care and treatment that infected pregnant women should receive. If you want to review the file you can do it in this link.