As someone who had COVID during my fifth month of pregnancy, I can speak to the fact that I or my unborn child did not suffer any harm.
Yes, I lost my sense of taste and smell, yes I was tired and fatigued for a few days, and even had a bit of chest pressure one evening.
I took care of myself and focused on my health and sleep and rest (and being on your phone in bed does not count as rest).
I am in my 30s and thankfully I made it through OK, and for the sake of this, I will also mention I am a type 1 diabetic – deemed more at risk.
The fact that I made it through gives pregnant women who choose not to get vaccinated (who feel uncomfortable due to the short amount of time research has been available on the subject) hope.
Maybe in the next five years, the body of knowledge and research will have grown and leave pregnant women feeling more comfortable to get the vaccine.
Crystal Soukoreff, White Rock
Editor’s note: According to the BC Centre for Disease Control “women who are unvaccinated and infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy, are three times more likely to end up in the intensive care unit (ICU) than those infected with COVID-19 who are not pregnant.”