There are many social media claims floating around stating that COVID19 vaccines can damage the placenta, an organ that provides oxygen and nutrients to a growing baby in a mother’s womb during pregnancy. However, contrary to such claims, experts have said that there is no biological evidence to show that the COVID19 vaccine can do any harm to the placenta during pregnancy. Dr. Richard Beigi, who works at the Immunization, Infectious Disease, and Public Health Preparedness Expert Work Group of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has said that no vaccine in the history of medical science has been linked to infertility. Health experts have said that fake claims on social media are continuing to spread and it might create vaccine hesitancy among women who are pregnant. Dr. Emily Miller has said that the vaccine rollout program has reached a stage where vaccine hesitancy is still distinct among pregnant women. Emily Miller is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern Medicine. A study that has been done by the co-author Emily Miller and her team have shown that the COVID19 vaccines do not cause any damage to the placenta and do not affect pregnancy negatively. She has said that the findings of the study will reduce vaccine hesitancy among pregnant women. The findings of the study have been released in the journal called Obstetrics and Gynecology. This is the first study that has observed the effects of COVID19 vaccines on the placenta during pregnancy.
The authors of the study have said that the placenta is the first organ that is formed during pregnancy. It is a vital organ that affects the growth of the fetus. It supplies oxygen to fetal tissues during the time lungs develop. It provides sustenance to the fetus while the digestive tract forms. The placenta is responsible for producing hormones and transfers antibodies at the end of pregnancy for the protection of the baby after birth. The corresponding author of the study Jeffery Goldstein has said that the placenta acts as a black box in the airplane. If anything goes off during pregnancy, experts look for changes in the placenta. The organ can help experts identify the issue and other factors. In the study, the authors Emily Miller and Jeffery Goldstein have examined placentas of 84 pregnant women who have been given the vaccine and 116 pregnant women who have not been vaccinated. The team has looked for abnormalities such as abnormal blood flow that has been seen in pregnant women earlier who have been diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The authors of the study have seen no higher incidence of abnormal blood flow or malformations in the women who have been given the vaccine. Jeffery Goldstein has said that social media has been flooded with false claims that vaccines might trigger an immune response in pregnant women and make them reject the fetus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that COVID19 can cause many serious issues, preterm delivery, miscarriage, and even death in pregnant women.
A study from 18 different countries has shown that pregnant women who have been diagnosed with COVID19 are at a greater risk of adverse reactions such as preeclampsia, hospitalization, other infections, and even death due to the disease. The study has noted that pregnant women who have been infected with the virus are at a 1.6 percent higher risk of death due to the disease. It is 22 times greater than pregnant women who have not been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Experts who have been involved in this study have said that babies who are born to COVID19 positive mothers are at a higher risk of preterm birth and low birth weight as well. Some major health groups in the US have said that there is a need to protect expectant mothers and their unborn babies from adverse reactions to COVID19. These groups have advised pregnant women to consider taking COVID19 vaccines. Dr. Richard Beigi has claimed that vaccines will provide considerable amounts of benefits to expectant mothers and their unborn babies. Earlier, a study that has been done in April by Emily Miller and Jeffery Goldstein has shown that pregnant women who have been vaccinated against COVID19 can produce and pass on antibodies to their growing babies inside their wombs. This study has found that women who have been vaccinated in their third trimester have been able to pass on antibodies to their unborn babies more successfully as compared to women who have been immunized close to their delivery date. Dr. Emily Miller has said that her team is working towards providing enough protection to fetuses via immunization.