Vaccines are safe for pregnant women, says Lucas Klenzeris, president of the Greek Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, stressing that misinformation is the most damaging.
Many pregnant women are reluctant to get vaccinated, and lately, the death rate of women from coronavirus is shocking. Experts insist that the coronavirus threatens pregnant women and urge them to get vaccinated.
President of the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Greece, Lucas Klenzeris, speaking on Greek TV on the Πρώτο Πρόγραμμα program, detailed the risks that a pregnant woman may face if she contracts the coronavirus, while noting that misinformation “does the worst job.”
“If a pregnant woman is sick, then there are 3 characteristic features. She is more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit and intubated, with all the negative consequences for her and the fetus. A pregnant woman will suffer the disease more severely, with more pronounced symptoms, while she is 3 times more likely to die than a non-pregnant woman, ”stressed Mr. Klentceris.
“Pregnancy is a kind of immune state, when the body is more susceptible to infections, because the defense in general is reduced. The coronavirus is more aggressive when a woman is pregnant, ”says the expert.
For the fetus, covid19 infection in a pregnant woman can lead to premature birth (by caesarean section) so that appropriate treatment can be applied to save the mother. Thrombosis can occur in the vessels of the placenta, as a result of which the fetus does not develop normally and is underweight.
No risk of vaccination
Vaccines are safe. A woman can be vaccinated both before and during pregnancy. In fact, in the first months of life, the fetus is protected by the mother’s antibodies, which pass through the placenta. In addition, the mother can be vaccinated during pregnancy as well as during breastfeeding, when antibodies are also passed on to the newborn through breast milk, Mr Klenzeris said.
“9 out of 10 women hospitalized with coronavirus are not vaccinated,” the expert said, noting that more than 200,000 pregnant women were vaccinated in the US and UK, with no reported side effects for either the mother or the fetus.
There is even recent data on the effect of mRNA vaccines against coronavirus, according to which vaccination of pregnant women against coronavirus in the first trimester of pregnancy did not show a higher probability of miscarriage.
“The biggest damage is caused by disinformation. Whoever is responsible for two lives, mother and fetus, must act accordingly and not be misled, ”said Mr Klenzeris.