COVID-19 VACCINE – WHAT EVERY MOTHER SHOULD KNOW
Whether you are pregnant or a new mom, it is important to understand what we know today about COVID-19 vaccines. The researchers and experts in our field strongly recommend that pregnant women and lactating (nursing) moms have access to COVID-19 vaccine. If you are pregnant or nursing and want to learn more about the vaccines, talk with your doctor. You can discuss your risk of getting COVID-19 and your risk of severe illness if you get sick. We do know that a vaccine may protect you from severe illness, which helps both you and your baby. We also believe that there may be benefits to nursing babies who receive antibodies transferred through breast milk of their vaccinated mothers.
- SHOULD I GET A COVID-19 VACCINE IF I AM TRYING TO GET PREGNANT?
The answer is yes. If you are planning or trying to get pregnant, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine. And there is no need to delay getting pregnant after you have the vaccine.
Some COIVD-19 vaccines will require two doses. If you find out that you are pregnant after you have received your first dose, you should still get the second does.
- IF I DECIDE TO GET THE VACCINE, WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
It is common to feel side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, especially after the second dose. You may feel like you have the flu for a few days. This is normal. Symptoms are usually mild. If you have a fever of other side effects, you can take acetaminophen, an over-the counter medication that is safe during pregnancy. If you are worried about your side effects or they last more than a few days, talk with your doctor.
Although you may experience some side effects, the vaccine cannot give you COVID-19. The vaccine does not contain a live virus but uses mRNA. mRNA vaccines work by telling your cells to make protein that helps protect you from COVID-19. Because the mRNA vaccines do not enter the nucleus of your cells, it does not affect your genes or DNA. And based on how they work, experts believe that there is no reason to think that they lead to any future problems with fertility.
- A SPECIAL NOTE: WHO SHOULD NOT RECEIVE THE VACCINE?
While we believe in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, it is important to know that if you have a history of a severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine or any injection you have received, you should not receive the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID 19 vaccine at this time.
Information contained in this FAQ was compiled from the recommendations of the Women and Infant Clinical Guidance Council based on the guidance and advisements provided by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. hile this information was developed by our doctors following the guidance of experts in our field. It is not meant to give specific medical advice and is for reference only. Medical Advice can and should be provided by your doctor or other healthcare professional.
JANUARY 2021 UPDATES
Due to rising COVID 19 cases, we are only allowing our patients in our waiting room.
Two important updates May 27, 2020
We are pleased to let you know that we are seeing patients for routine annual exams and screening mammograms. If you had your appointment cancelled in March or April, call us to schedule your appointment now. Our number is 614 434-2400, option 1.
Also, for our pregnant patients who are scheduled for an ultrasound. You may bring one person to your ultrasound appointment.
Columbus OB/GYN Updates as of 4/6/2020
We are still here for you at Columbus OB/GYN! We are happy to announce a new way to see your provider.
Telemedicine is now available for established patients. It is easy, private, and often covered by insurance. Some types of visits that can likely be conducted via telemedicine include: medication questions and refills, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, vaginal infections, bleeding problems, birth control counselling, menopausal symptoms, anxiety/depression, infertility, sexual dysfunction, and postpartum visits without a physical concern. Some of these visit types may require a trip to a lab following your telemedicine visit for diagnosis confirmation.
In addition to telemedicine, we are still seeing patients in the office if needed following all the guidelines to help keep you and our staff safe and healthy.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for a telemedicine visit:
*choose a location with a high-speed internet connection
*use a device with a microphone and camera and set the camera to eye level
*if using a mobile device, check your settings to ensure you’re on wi-fi
*choose a room that is private and free of noise and possible distractions
*gather any information about new medications or changes in your health history
*have available your preferred pharmacy information
*know which lab you’d like to use if needed (Ohio Health or Mt. Carmel and which location)
*take and record your weight and blood pressure if possible (please do not venture out to obtain this information) before your appointment
*write down your questions
*accept the invitation from your provider via email or text message to join your telemedicine visit
*enjoy this easy and convenient visit with your provider