The Kovid-19 epidemic has brought not only widespread concerns but also confusion and misconceptions about how to stay safe with it. Pregnancy has always been the subject of numerous myths before the epidemic touched our lives and the scare of Covid-19 is another addition to it. Planning a baby in the midst of an epidemic can be a very important decision, and therefore, opinions about having a baby can vary from person to person during this time. Many believe that giving birth in the midst of an epidemic can be detrimental to one’s health. Therefore, it is necessary to dispel some common misconceptions regarding pregnancy during COVID-19. In a conversation with HTLive, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist at Motherhood Hospital in Pune, Dr. Swati Gaekwad exposed some of the top myths about pregnancy during COVID-19. Read about them below:
Pregnant women may delay their vaccinations
This is a complete legend. As mentioned earlier, pregnant women are more susceptible to allergies, diseases and infections than others. Vaccination will only help women to protect themselves. So, vaccinate yourself and be healthy and strong.
You will always have pregnancy difficulties due to Kovid-19
When it comes to pregnant women, there is no evidence to prove that COVID-19 causes any major health problems. There are no available studies to show whether the virus is transmitted from pregnant mothers to their babies. When breastfeeding, pregnant mothers should wear a mask and wash their hands frequently before touching the baby. If you are infected with Covid-19, do not panic; Seek treatment as soon as possible.
Covid-19 infection is not possible if you are pregnant
This is probably the most common legend that has been circulating since the epidemic began. However, it is scientifically unfounded because pregnancy offers no extra protection to women. In contrast, women who are pregnant have relatively low immunity and are more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections. Pregnant women need to follow regular COVID-19 protocols, such as wearing a mask and using a sanitizer, and they also need to be vaccinated.
The COVID-19 vaccine leads to changes in the menstrual cycle
On social media, there have been a lot of posts about the relationship between COVID-19 and periods. If you are not pregnant and worried about your periods after the vaccine, you should know that the COVID-19 vaccine has no effect on your menstrual cycle. So far there have been no reports of menstrual irregularities due to vaccine shots. It is safe for all women to get vaccinated. The vaccine will not shorten or lengthen the menstrual period so you should go ahead and take your shot instead of paying attention to the rumors.