Constant changing COVID-19 guidelines add level of stress for moms- and dads-to-be
Moms- and dads-to-be are under even more stress these days with the ever changing guidelines surrounding COVID-19.
Jaimee Rothenberg, of Manalapan, is just about three weeks away from bringing her second child into the world--a world that's completely different from when her first son was born 4 1/2 years ago.
"We don't have all the information, so it's hard for everybody--being pregnant adds an extra layer," says Rothenberg. "It's definitely changed the decision-making and changes decisions.
Rothenberg is an in-person special-education teacher. She just started maternity leave but says since she's so close to having her baby she is going to wait to get the vaccine.
Dr. Justin Brandt, an assistant professor of maternal fetal medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, says it's tough to make decisions even with the guidance that is out there.
"It's a very tricky time," says Brandt. "We're providing as much guidance as we can, and we have a lot of guidance to give."
Brandt recommends that his patients get the vaccine especially since new studies show it may also protect the baby.
Not all doctors are recommending the vaccine for pregnant women yet because original trials didn't include pregnant women. That can make the decision more confusing, but ultimately it is up to each patient to decide.
Dr. Anthony Fauci reported Wednesday that about 20,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated with no red flags.