The world is facing a new normal in the COVID-19 Pandemic. It has been more than a year since we shook hands and gave our near and dear ones a warm hug. Masks and sanitizers have started becoming our best buddies and savior from this dreaded pandemic. Countries across the world have started getting their people vaccinated against coronavirus. However, there is general confusion among everyone about whether women planning to get pregnant can take these vaccines. Well, let us discuss in detail this co-relation of the COVID-19 vaccine and women trying to get pregnant in this article.
COVID-19 vaccine, just like any other vaccine, tries to build up the antibodies in the human body which try to fight against diseases. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, there are no shreds of evidence found that the COVID-19 vaccines create problems for getting pregnant. It is generally advised by doctors across the globe and the WHO that you need not avoid or prolong the COVID-19 vaccine if you are trying to get pregnant. In fact, getting your vaccine before getting pregnant is a way to protect yourself.
As already said, health organizations across the globe have suggested that there is no evidence of any risk associated with getting the vaccine. Moreover, it is recommended that you give top priority to getting yourself vaccinated if you are diabetic or have high blood pressure.
Having said all this, there are reports that suggest that the COVID-19 vaccine comes along with certain side effects:
However, considering the risk of the disease, the side effects are at a very low intensity. So, there is ultimately no risk in getting the vaccine while you are trying to get pregnant.
When we are trying to get pregnant, we are extra cautious about everything around us. The food we eat, the places we travel, stress-free workplace, and so on. We are also advised to avoid unnecessary medicines and steroids. And now the fear of dos and don’ts has increased multi-fold because of coronavirus. Added to that is the fact that women are confused as to whether the COVID-19 vaccine can lead to infertility
These fears have been put to rest by the WHO and other health care organizations across the globe, which have said that the studies of the COVID-19 vaccine do not show even remote traces of infertility among women.
The gynecologists and fertility experts have recommended delaying planning a pregnancy until two months after they get the vaccine against Covid-19. They also suggest connecting with a doctor as, according to few reports, some vaccines containing live virus can ‘potentially harm the fetus and damage its vision and hearing ability’.
With the outburst of Covid-19 and considering the social, environmental, and medical factors, the minds of women who were planning to get pregnant have been on a wavering mode. The primary cause being the shift from face-to-face visits to the hospitals to virtual visits.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) surveyed women in the United Kingdom to determine their pregnancy planning behavior and the changes in the behavior pattern amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of the survey are as given below:
[Please note that the above survey results give a gist of the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on pregnancy planning only during a particular phase of the pandemic. The changes after that, concerning the intensity of the virus and the change in behavioral patterns, were tracked]
In the light of the above survey, it is undoubtedly evident that the COVID-19 vaccine has impacted the decision of the women planning their pregnancy but still, many women without any pre-existing conditions want to go ahead with their previous call.
So, if you are planning for a pregnancy, it is completely safe and recommended for you to take the vaccine but you do need to consult with your doctor first so that they can check your history and make an informed decision.