21 December 2021

Addressing concerns related to COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy

Pregnancy is a special time full of excitement and anticipation. It is also a time of enormous physical and emotional changes in women. In addition to it, the COVID-19 pandemic has clouded this time with fear, anxiety and uncertainty for pregnant women. To support you at these challenging times UNICEF collected most frequently asked questions…, Can pregnant women get vaccinated against COVID-19?, Yes, pregnant women can be vaccinated against COVID-19, in consultation with their healthcare provider. Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing, and based on the current evidence, experts believe that approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and unlikely to pose a risk to pregnant…, Why should pregnant women get vaccinated?, Pregnant women, particularly those with co-morbidities and at higher risk of viral exposure (e.g., health workers), should get vaccinated to protect themselves against severe COVID-19 infection, hospitalizations, and death. Available data shows that unvaccinated pregnant women are at increased risk of developing severe forms of COVID-19, getting…, Will COVID-19 vaccine give COVID-19?, No. COVID-19 vaccine cannot give COVID-19. There are no live virus in the vaccines.  , Does pregnant women experience severe side effects after vaccination compared to others?, No. COVID-19 vaccines can cause mild fever, pain, or redness at the injection site for anyone. Serious adverse events are rare and pregnant women have not reported any different side effects than non-pregnant women after being vaccinated against COVID-19.  , Do COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility?, No, COVID-19 vaccines causing infertility is a myth. This myth has led to hesitancy in lots of women worldwide, who remain unvaccinated and unprotected. With millions of people vaccinated across the world, including women, there is no evidence found to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility in women or men. Women and men can be reassured…, Is there a need in taking a pregnancy test before getting the COVID-19 vaccine?, The claim that women need to get a pregnancy test before the COVID-19 vaccination is another myth. COVID-19 vaccines currently available do not contain live viruses and cannot harm either pregnant women or the developing fetus. So, taking a pregnancy test isn't necessary. All women who are planning to have a baby in the near future can get the…, Are COVID-19 vaccines recommended for lactating women?, Yes. Vaccination for lactating women is high likely recommended. Though there is no available data for lactating women, the vaccine effectiveness and safety for lactating women is similar to others and also vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to the breastfeeding child. You mustn't stop breastfeeding because of vaccination.  , Will COVID-19 vaccines be harmful to the baby in the womb?, The current evidence shows that vaccinating pregnant women against COVID-19 has no negative impact on their unborn babies. There is no increased risk of miscarrying your baby if pregnant women get vaccinated against COVID-19. Actually, there is growing evidence that getting vaccinated could help protect the baby against COVID-19 too.  , What effects does the vaccine have on the child while the mother is breastfeeding?, Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. Evidence on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or their breast infants is still growing. However, from the knowledge on how vaccines work and information about COVID-19 vaccines, it is unlikely that COVID-19 vaccines will pose a risk to the breastfeeding child. Therefore, it is…, Can/Will the vaccine affect the milk supply?, Women currently breastfeeding should continue doing so after receiving the vaccine. They can be confident that vaccination will not affect their milk supply. Taking the vaccine should not be an impediment to begin breastfeeding or a cause for its interruption.   This article is made possible by the generous support of the American people through…
10 August 2020

Breastfeeding and COVID-19 | Live Broadcast

Can breastfeeding be continued if the mother and/or the baby are infected with COVID-19?, - The WHO position has initially encouraged mother and child to be together, regardless of infection. From the first hours of life, the child should receive the best food, if there are no objective reasons to prevent it. This approach is explained as follows: the risks of quitting breastfeeding are much more serious and undesirable than the…, What is exclusive breastfeeding?, - The word EXCLUSIVE says it all. Breast milk fully meets almost all the needs of the organism, growth and development of a baby until 6 months. Why almost? Because there is an exception, the amount of vitamin D in breast milk is not enough for the baby. This is why the child receives vitamin D in the form of drops - 400-500 units per day,…, How to understand if the quantity of breast milk is enough for the needs of the baby? What if the child stays hungry?, - Is your breast milk enough for your baby? The answer to this question is very easy to acquire. Follow the diapers. Having at least six full diapers a day indicates that your baby is getting enough food. Night feedings are essential to ensure uninterrupted milk production during the day. At least every 2-3 hours during the night the baby should…, Can breastfeeding technique affect milk quantity?, - The first few days of a child's life are critical. If the mother is not properly educated from the beginning on how to feed the baby (position, frequency, longitude, etc.) it is likely that the mother will not be able to organize the breastfeeding process in the future. The role of staff in maternity wards is very important, as the pediatrician…, What are the contraindications of breastfeeding?, - This list of contraindications below is not exhaustive: ● HIV ● Some medications taken by the mother: ergotamines, statins, chemotherapy ● Herpes on the breast/nipple skin ● Child galactosemia ● Hepatitis C if there are cracks/bleeding nipples ● X-ray examinations, tooth extraction or treatment and many other interventions are compatible with…, How to stop breastfeeding?, - Both starting and finishing breastfeeding should be done gradually. Stopping breastfeeding is a stressful process for both the mother and the baby; which is why it is important to be done gradually. In addition, abrupt interruption can lead to clogging of the ducts, so, if necessary, it is possible and necessary to pump the milk. If the…, You can read the article and watch the recording in Armenian here . , This article is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development ( USAID ). The contents are the responsibility of authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government