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COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy or Breastfeeding FAQs

We do recommend that pregnant women and breastfeeding women consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine. The safety of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy or while breastfeeding is still being studied. However, pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill if they get COVID-19.

Pregnant women are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19

Although the overall risk of severe illness is low, pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared to non-pregnant women. Severe illness includes illness that results in intensive care admission, mechanical ventilation, or death. Additionally, pregnant women with COVID-19 might be at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, compared with pregnant women without COVID-19.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe while pregnant or lactating?

There is a limited amount of safety data available on COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy at this time, but what we know so far is reassuring. The studies done before the first vaccines were approved for emergency use did not include pregnant or lactating women. But based on how the vaccines were made and the science behind how the vaccines work in the body, experts believe they should be safe in pregnancy. The CDC and some of the COVID-19 vaccine
makers are now starting or planning studies that will include pregnant and lactating women. Thousands of pregnant women have already chosen to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Some of them have enrolled in the CDC’s vaccination tracking program. Data from this program has not show any safety concerns.

If you are planning on receiving a COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant, we encourage you to participate in the CDC’s Vsafe vaccine pregnancy registry.

A vaccine may protect you from severe illness, which could help both you and your fetus.

Why does it benefit pregnant women to receive the vaccine now versus waiting until after giving birth?

Data have demonstrated that symptomatic pregnant individuals with COVID-19 are at increased risk of more severe illness and death compared with nonpregnant peers. Many pregnant individuals have medical conditions known to put them at further increased risk of severe illness and complications. Therefore, given clear evidence of the dangers of COVID-19 in pregnancy and an absence of data demonstrating adverse effects associated with the vaccine in pregnancy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) recommend that pregnant women be free to make their own informed decisions regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Should breastfeeding women get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, ACOG recommends that breastfeeding women get a COVID-19 vaccine. There is no need to stop breastfeeding if you want to get a vaccine. When you get vaccinated, the antibodies made by your body can be passed through breastmilk and help protect your child from the virus.

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I am trying to get pregnant?

Yes, if you are planning or trying to get pregnant, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine. There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility. You also do not need to delay getting pregnant after you get a vaccine. Some COVID-19 vaccines will require two doses. If you find out you are pregnant after you have the first dose, you should still get the second dose.

If I am on oral contraceptives, is it safe for me to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Birth control is not a contraindication to receiving the vaccine.

I have heard rumors about how the vaccines can affect my body. What is the truth?

The vaccines that have been approved so far work in different ways, and all of them are proven to be safe. It is important to know that:

  • The vaccines cannot give you COVID-19. None of the vaccines use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
  • The vaccines do not affect your genes or DNA.
  • There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility..

Useful links:

CDC: Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Pregnant Women or Women Who Are Breastfeeding

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Uterine Fibroid Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and are in need of treatment, contact Women’s Health Partners today for an appointment with one of our highly trained OBGYNs. Call our Boca Raton office at (561) 368-3775 or our Boynton Beach office at (561) 734-5710 today

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Aging, menopause, and multiple pregnancies can increase the occurrence of vaginal dryness as well as cause infections. Women who suffer with these conditions find themselves looking for relief. If you have tried multiple creams, ointments and other treatments, you may be ready to learn more about vaginal rejuvenation to relieve vaginal dryness.

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COVID-19 Update

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

  • As a medical office we know how important cleanliness is and we have always maintained the highest standards of hygiene.
  • Every examination room is extensively cleaned after each patient. This includes wiping all surfaces with an EPA-registered disinfectant that is effective against COVID-19 (exam bed, counter-top, chair, equipment​, doorknob…)
  • All instruments are heat sterilized and wrapped. Disposable plastic speculums are used whenever possible.
  • Hand washing/sanitizing is strictly followed by us as well as our staff.
  • We kindly request that your wear a face-mask upon entering the facility. Our staff and clinicians will also be wearing masks.
  • Telehealth – We are also offering many types of appointments, that don’t necessarily require a traditional physical exam, to be done by TeleHealth.

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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The Benefits Of Taking Folic Acid Before And During Pregnancy

The CDC recommends that if you are a woman considering getting pregnant, start taking folic acid. If you just found out you are pregnant, start taking folic acid and continue to take it while you are pregnant. Even if you are a woman of child bearing age, the CDC says you should routinely take folic acid. That makes it pretty clear that the benefits of taking folic acid before and during pregnancy must be immense.

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Sensitive Topics Worth Mentioning To Your OBGYN

Most of us are wary of looking stupid or asking stupid questions, but at your OBGYN, there is no such thing as a “stupid” question or subject. Trust us, we have heard it all. So squelch that feeling, and ask us whatever you want. That’s why we’re here. Here are just some sensitive topics worth mentioning to your OBGYN.

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The changes to a pregnant woman’s immune system, heart, or lungs make them more susceptible to severe illness from the flu. This statement should be the first tenet in a guide to flu season during pregnancy, and all pregnant women should get their flu shot as soon as possible. There are even more reasons, such as the following.

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