During the pandemic, pregnant women were twice as likely to experience depression than were pregnant women before the pandemic.²
Good news Mama! COVID-19 cases and deaths have been declining for the last year. So, the World Health Organization recently downgraded the COVID-19 pandemic from a global health emergency to a health “threat.”
COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy reduces the risk of pregnancy complications if infected with the COVID virus.²
The last two years have been a scary time for women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or newly postpartum. The novel Coronavirus is new to the medical landscape. Society, including medical providers, have been navigating month by month what it means to live, prevent and be sick with COVID-19. For many women, the stakes are high as they consider the risks of contracting COVID-19 during pregnancy.
As summer approaches, it’s natural to want to break out of the confines of the house and get out and about, enjoying BBQs, beach days, June weddings, and more. Warm weather and sunny days make you want to let your hair down and go mask-less! In addition, there has been a lot of talk about the transition of COVID-19 from a pandemic (disease spreading over multiple countries or continents) to an endemic (disease with constant presence in a specific location). This may give you the feeling that COVID prevention measures don’t matter anymore, but keep in mind this is a “novel” virus, meaning we are still learning a lot about it, especially when it comes to its effects on pregnancy, new mothers, and newborns.