COVID-19: Is it safe to get vaccinated during pregnancy?

Bahrain Confidential interviews Dr. Sinai Mansoori, Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant at Alsalam Specialist Hospital. The interview talks about minimally invasive procedures, women’s health and more.

Tell us something personal, why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine, specifically, obstetrics and gynecology?

Obstetrics and gynecology are the only specialties that focus on medical and surgical treatments at the same time. Personally, I have always been fascinated with handcrafted art and surgeries. I found my passion in minimally invasive gynecology.

What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a physician, and even specifically, as an OB/GYN?

The challenges that I always face is the shortage of public awareness on the minimally invasive approach in gynecological surgeries. Another challenge is the lack of proper education on the advantages and superiority of laparoscopy in modern surgery.

However, this has been improved to a great extent in the recent years. Education and awareness have been given great attention through social media and electronic communication which has significantly enhanced the health services in Bahrain.

What is the most common issue that patients consult you for?

Many patients visit my clinic to undergo laparoscopy surgeries. These patients wish to have faster recovery and better cosmetic outcomes.

How important are regular check-ups to the OB/GYN? What would you say to people who are hesitant on getting checked?

Routine check-ups and screening are extremely important to detect potentially life-threatening health conditions or diseases early. These visits also increase the chances for cure and limit the risk of complications by closely monitoring existing conditions. Overall, regular screening and check-ups increase lifespan and improve health.

There are a lot of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who are hesitant on getting the COVID-19 vaccine. What would you advise them?

The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration has recommended the use of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for pregnant and breast feeding women. This recommendation was based on the scientifically proven safety of the vaccine among pregnant and breast feeding women.

On the other hand, there is a higher risk of complications and morbidity with COVID-19 infections during pregnancy, therefore I advise pregnant and breast feeding women to get vaccinated.

For current and prospective students who are interested in working in gynecology and obstetrics, what message can you give them about preparing for this field?

The field of obstetrics and gynecology is full of challenges and growing demands which needs to be implemented on a solid ground of training and education. For the young obstetrician and gynecologists, we are always happy to accept clinical attachments to promote and improve their surgical skills and medical knowledge.

Dr. Sinai Mansoori has over two decades of experience in obstetrics and gynecology. She specializes in pregnancy care, laparoscopy and other issues concerning women’s health.

Get in touch with Dr. Sinai by calling AlSalam Specialist Hospital at 13 10 10 10.