Dr. Basma Faris | COVID Vaccines and Pregnancy | Jan. 6th, 2021 | MD for Moms Radio

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This week on MD for Moms, I interview OBGYN Dr. Basma Faris about pregnancy during COVID. This is an understandably confusing time for people considering parenthood. Questions abound about the safety of pregnancy given the prevailing threat of COVID. This uncertainty leaves many questioning whether it is best to wait for a vaccine before conceiving or not. Will the vaccine likely prove to be safe in pregnancy? The jury is still out, but Dr. Faris will explore the pros and cons of opting to try to conceive now versus waiting for immunity. 

We also explore common body changes during and after pregnancy and what can be expected to return back to ‘normal,’ and what may likely never change. We also discuss common physical changes that occur that can be medically improved or corrected, such as urinary incontinence, which far too many women suffer with unnecessarily. Who may benefit from working with a doula or a midwife is also a topic of conversation on this week’s show. 

In addition to being an OBGYN, Dr. Faris is also a registered dietitian who practices culinary medicine. We dive into healthy eating practices for women trying to conceive, during pregnancy and postpartum. Is there one ‘best’ diet plan for moms-to-be and for new moms? How many more calories should a woman ingest during pregnancy and while breastfeeding as compared to baseline? What foods are really off-limits and what can be eaten or drunk in moderation? Answers to all these questions and more on this week’s MD for Moms. 


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Dr. Basma Faris is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Dr. Faris attended the University of California at Berkeley where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences. She went on to complete a Masters of Science in Nutrition at Brooklyn College. She received her medical degree from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University at Buffalo in 2009. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Faris began her career in healthcare as a Registered Dietitian. She worked with adults and children to manage chronic health conditions and obesity. She developed curricula for group nutrition interventions for children, pregnant women, and adults. As a resident, she published a study on the impact of lifestyle intervention on pregnancy outcomes in obese pregnant women. She recently completed coursework towards a certificate in Culinary Medicine. 

Prior to joining Weill Cornell Medicine in 2018, she was an Attending at Lutheran Medical Center and Lutheran Family Health Centers, now NYU Langone Brooklyn. There she served as the medical student Clerkship Director, as well as Associate Residency Program Director and she led the peer review committee for the department.

Dr. Faris practices General Obstetrics and Gynecology and cares for women in all life stages. She cares for normal and high-risk pregnancies, benign gynecological conditions, contraception and family planning, and minor gynecologic surgery. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Follow Dr. Faris on Instagram: @rd2ob


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