Married at First sight stars Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson have been called out by supporters after apparently suggesting their twin sons were born 10 weeks premature due to Melissa’s second Pfizer plug.
The reality TV couple on Monday shared a video to both of their social media sites where they discussed the health of their babies, Levi and Tate, who are currently in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
“We had no medical indication that they were coming early, so it was a very big shock,” Melissa said in the video as she sat next to her fiancé, Bryce.
“On Friday the 15th I had actually booked my second Pfizer plug and I had obviously gone to the doctors and talked to my obstetrician and they had all said that it was safe for pregnant women to get their Pfizer plug, but yes, I had done mine, and 14 hours later I had gone into labor. “
It did not take long before the couple had setbacks in their post, as there is no medical evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccine causes premature birth, according to the Australian Government Health Website.
In fact, the source states that pregnant women have a higher risk of serious COVID-19 disease and a greater chance of giving birth prematurely if they are not vaccinated.
In addition to this, it is also very common for twins to be born prematurely, with less than half of all twin pregnancies lasting more than 37 weeks. According to Reuters Health, one in every 10 sets of twins is born before the 32-week mark, just as Melissa and Bryce’s sons were.
A number of fans have since commented on the viral video, in which a person has described it as “completely irresponsible”.
“It’s pretty normal that twins would be born so early – how dare you suggest the plug had anything to do with it,” another added.
“Are you blaming the COVID plug for giving birth to the twins prematurely?” asked another. “A lot of twins are premature. Your post already has people talking about pregnant women not getting the plug. I wonder if that was your intention.”
“Correlation does not equal causation. This is dangerous to suggest that it had anything to do with a very normal twin birth, which after 28 weeks is definitely expected to arrive early,” wrote a fourth.
“I have had a sting and did not go into premature birth, and many women who got the sting that I know have not either. She was pregnant with twins, and more than half are born prematurely, so it is possible, that it was actually random, ”said another.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I’m really worried that this is blaming the COVID vaccination for what is likely to be a coincidence without any medical evidence that it is connected,” replied another user.
“It’s so incredibly dangerous for pregnant women to get COVID and [this video] can deter people from getting it, which could potentially put themselves and the baby in more danger. “
Bryce has since responded to the criticism in a statement to Daily mail Tuesday and said he was unaware of any backlash.
“Nor have we blamed the COVID vaccine for Melissa giving birth prematurely,” he said.
“It is safe for pregnant women to receive it from a certain point in time during their pregnancy. The short video is from an extended video released tonight which will make it very clear to everyone to know our thoughts on the matter.”
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