17. 01. 2022 06:00 | EDINBURGH / Jana Habarová
Vaccination during pregnancy is essential for the protection of women and children.
Scottish researchers have published one of the first national studies on coronavirus and pregnancy vaccination. According to their findings, vaccination is not dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn child, but the coronavirus does, says BBC.
The results of the study showed that if a woman became infected with a covidom in the advanced stage of pregnancy, complications related to childbirth occurred more often. If the woman became infected at an early stage, ie in the first months, the risk was not so high.
Researchers also say that coronavirus vaccination is safe for pregnant women. It will protect not only their lives but also the lives of their children and will significantly reduce the impending complications.
Dr. Sarah Stock of the University of Edinburgh claims that the data show that second-line vaccination does not increase the risk of complications during pregnancy or childbirth, but coronavirus does. “Pregnancy vaccination is essential for the protection of women and children,” he added.
The researchers also published data on perinatal deaths (ie the death of the fetus in the womb after 24 weeks of pregnancy or the death of the baby in the first 28 days after birth). They found that mortality in children whose mothers became infected with covidom increased. Specifically, there were 23 cases out of 1,000 births. Overall, premature births or neonatal deaths were more common in women who contracted covid 28 days or less before the date of delivery. Most complications occurred in vaccinated women.
They compared this finding with the average perinatal mortality of children born in Scotland, regardless of whether their mother had covid or were vaccinated – 6 deaths per 1,000 births.
Since the start of the vaccination program in the country, there have been 4,950 cases of infected women during pregnancy, of which up to 77 percent have been unvaccinated.
The incidence of complications in women vaccinated during pregnancy was found to be very similar to average statistics. This assured experts about the safety of the vaccine during pregnancy.