Find helpful resources and hear from credible voices when it comes to fertility, pregnancy, and the vaccine.
The fertility journey can be a rough one on its own, nevermind during a pandemic. I know this is a polarizing topic, but I still want to go there. I know we all just want to do the best for our babies and our bodies. That’s why it’s important now, more than ever, to pay attention to where our information is coming from.
We’ve been on a journey to have another baby for two and a half years now. Like many of you, when the pandemic hit, and later when the vaccine came out, I had many questions about trying to conceive. Would contracting Covid affect my fertility? Could the vaccine affect my fertility? When I did get pregnant – should I get the vaccine? Should I wait until a certain trimester? What are the potential risks?
After much research from accredited health professionals and speaking with my own doctor, I got both doses of the vaccine (and would have if I were pregnant). Here are a few resources I’ve found helpful when it comes to fertility, pregnancy, and the vaccine:
#1: Dr. Stephanie Cooper, High-Risk Obstetrics, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Calgary Foothills Hospital
Dr. Cooper shares credible resources, factual information, and first-hand accounts when it comes to treating pregnant patients during a pandemic. Follow her on Twitter here. Check out her website here.
#2: Covid + Pregnancy Roundtable on Real Talk
Dr. Verena Kuret and Dr. Eliana Castillo outlined the dire health implications for pregnant people who contract COVID-19, and how effective vaccines are, throughout this informative interview. New mom María Castrellón explained the source of her vaccine hesitancy, and why she ultimately decided to get the shot. Watch here.
#3: ‘Babies After 35’ on Instagram
Dr. Shannon Clark, a double board-certified OBGYN specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is a wealth of creditable information when it comes to COVID and the vaccine, especially while trying to conceive, and/or while pregnant or breastfeeding. Dr. Clark debunks “fake news,” and is a fabulous follow. Check her out here.
#4: The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
SOGC posts the most relevant material and up-to-date research findings surrounding Covid and pregnancies on its website. Get it all here.
#5: Fertility and Pregnancy Podcast
Fertility Physician Dr. Natalie Crawford hosts ‘As A Woman,’ where she aims to empower and educate women on everything to do with COVID-19, fertility, and pregnancy. Listen to her podcast here and check out her YouTube channel here.
(Don’t be misled by the caption in the video – Dr. Crawford is walking through some of the reasons vaccine hesitancy exists!)
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