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Top 10 Stories of COVID-19 and Pregnancy in 2021

December 27, 2021

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COVID-19 dominated the headlines in 2021 as doctors and patients feared its effects on pregnancy. Here are Healio’s top 10 stories on the intersection between disease and reproductive health.

Studies show that mRNA vaccination does not affect fertility.

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The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines do not affect fertility, early pregnancy outcomes, or sperm quality, according to studies presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress & Expo. Continue reading.

Questions and Answers: Vaccination “Absolute Best Way” to Protect Pregnant Women from COVID-19 Risks

In an urgent health consultation on September 29, the CDC strongly recommended that pregnant women who were recently pregnant, who are trying to become pregnant, or who may become pregnant in the future, get vaccinated against COVID-19. Continue reading.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt women’s reproductive health

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the reproductive health of many women, and these women may need additional medical and psychosocial support, according to a presentation at Society for Endocrinology BES 2021. Read more.

SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy can cause preeclampsia

SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy was linked to a higher likelihood of preeclampsia, and that association may be causal, according to a study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Continue reading.

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting family planning for mothers in NYC

Almost half of New York City mothers who tried to get pregnant prior to the COVID-19 pandemic stopped trying in the first few months of the outbreak, researchers reported on the JAMA Network Open. Continue reading.

OB / GYNs strive to offer inpatients a COVID-19 vaccination after birth

Most obstetric patients in a single facility were offered COVID-19 vaccination, and although vaccine intake was low, researchers said the vaccination rate at discharge was 50% higher than at admission. Continue reading.

Women’s COVID-19 results worsened during the second wave of India’s pandemic

Women with COVID-19 during the second wave of the pandemic in India had higher rates of severe illness, admissions to intensive care or a ward with high dependency and maternal mortality compared to the first wave compared to the first wave, the results show. Continue reading.

Survey shows many people have disrupted their efforts to conceive due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Most people who tried to conceive or attempted pregnancy before the COVID-19 pandemic but then changed their conception plans said they did so temporarily out of pandemic-related concerns, survey data shows. Continue reading.

Vaccination lowers the chance of severe COVID-19 in pregnancy during the delta surge

A retrospective cohort study in obstetrics and gynecology found that pregnant patients vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 were less likely to have severe COVID-19 or disease severity associated with the increase in delta variants. Continue reading.

MRI Study Shows COVID-19 Doesn’t Impact Fetal Brain Development During Pregnancy

According to a study presented at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting, COVID-19 does not appear to have any effects on the brains of the developing fetuses of pregnant women with mild to moderate cases of the disease. Continue reading.

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