Health Ministry Updates COVID-Related Recommendations for Pregnant Women

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A new edition of recommendations for coordinating medical treatment for pregnant women, women in labor, and infants with coronavirus infection has been issued by the Russian Ministry of Health, TASS reports.

The document has been distributed to Russian Federation regions, according to the ministry’s press service.

Several new sections and additions have been included to the updated edition of the guidelines. According to the paper, the suggestion provided information on the specific prevention of COVID-19 by vaccination, which was based on data from a study of the effect of immunization on the reproductive system.

The paper was created by a working group comprised of prominent Russian specialists in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, neonatology, and infectious diseases, and is intended to offer medical treatment to these patients in Russia using consistent procedures.

The methodological recommendations now include a chapter on “Planning a Pregnancy in COVID-19 Conditions,” which covers the most important areas of illness prevention. Professional associations of obstetricians and gynecologists do not recommend delaying pregnancy planning and childbirth for the post-covid period, the press service said.

However, when planning pregnancy in a pandemic, recommendations on vaccination, non-drug, and drug prevention should be followed.

According to the Ministry of Health, there is presently no evidence that immunization impacts reproductive function in men and women.

It is critical to get vaccinated during the planning stages of pregnancy. Experts stress that there is currently no evidence of a detrimental effect of COVID-19 vaccinations on men’s and women’s reproductive function. Domestic vaccinations are harmless, but the coronavirus infection itself can be harmful to reproductive function, the warning said.