COVID-19 Information / Recommendations

Should you keep your appointment if you are ill?

If you are newly ill or tested positive for COVID, please call our offices and let us know so we might make some accommodations. This may mean rescheduling your visit to later in the day to minimize exposure to other patients and staff or using our telehealth option. If you are concerned about your symptoms, please use the guide below to make informed decisions.

MILD cold symptoms-supportive care and quarantine 5 days.

MODERATE symptoms including fever, cough– consider REGEN-COV treatment (monoclonal antibodies).

SEVERE symptoms include fever, trouble breathing, persistent chest pain, blue nail beds and lips- SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION and refer to the Emergency Department/911.

Should you get vaccinated?

If you are trying to get pregnant, it would be ideal to get vaccinated prior to conception. Covid vaccination has no known impact on fertility! Covid infection during pregnancy can be extremely severe since during pregnancy your immune system is not as strong.

Should you get vaccinated if you are pregnant now?

Unless you have severe medical conditions such as cancer or severe immune problems the answer is, “yes”. There are now studies with more than 30,000 patients documenting the safety of Covid vaccination during pregnancy. You can be immediately vaccinated, or if low risk, wait until after 12 weeks of pregnancy to get vaccinated.

Should you get the booster?

Yes. ACOG recommends a booster for Moderna or Pfizer vaccines at least 6 months after the last dose for pregnant women. Those who have already received the J&J vaccine a booster is recommended 2 months after the last dose. Also, boosters will protect you against new variants such as Omicron.

Does the vaccine affect fertility?

No. It is a myth that the Covid vaccines increase pregnancy loss or miscarriage. A lot of pregnant women have now received the vaccines and the data does not support a claim that fertility is affected. In fact, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommends people get a Covid vaccine even while getting fertility treatment.

Are there risks of vaccination?

Common side effects include soreness at the site of injection and sometimes a low-grade fever for a day. These can be treated with Tylenol, or if not pregnant, medications like Motrin. Severe reactions are rare. These include allergic reaction. The chance of severe reaction is remote and not greater than other vaccines you have already received like Rubella or Polio.

Have Mt. Auburn doctors been vaccinated?

Yes. We were vaccinated at the earliest opportunity which was December 2020.

What is the bottom line?

There are many good reasons to get vaccinated. Protecting yourself, your family and friends is one reason. Ending the pandemic is yet another. It will also decrease the chance of having to cancel appointments during treatment. If enough people do not get vaccinated, Covid can infect the unvaccinated population and could mutate to a point that current vaccines would not be effective. We would all relive the nightmare again. If you are currently trying to get pregnant and get vaccinated, protective antibodies will cross the placenta and protect your baby. Mt. Auburn OBGYN Associates cares about you!