MAFS' Melissa shares update on twins after Covid test: 'It's been stressful'

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Just a few days after revealing that her twins were exposed to Covid-19 while in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of the hospital, Melissa Rawson has shared an update with fans online.

The former Married At First Sight bride took to social media on Wednesday to say that she and fiancé Bryce Ruthven had received the results of their sons’ Covid tests.

Melissa Rawson with her twin sons.
Melissa has shared the results of her sons’ Covid tests. Photo: Instagram/lissrawson

“Our boys have had their second Covid test and they’ve both come back negative, which is good,” she detailed on her Instagram story, adding that they still have to isolate “for another six days”.

“It’s been stressful, but the boys are doing so well. They’re still on air, but they’re growing every day, putting on lots of weight which is good. And they’re just doing amazing.”

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On Monday, Bryce posted the “worrying” update about the health of their babies, Levi and Tate, who were born 10 weeks premature on October 16.

“A Covid case in the twins’ NICU ward,” he captioned the Instagram story. “Tate and Levi are all good but quite worrying until they both come back negative.

“They’re both in 14 days isolation, so no cuddles today for the boys. Hopefully soon!”

In a follow-up post, he added, “We also decided to get Covid tested because we've been visiting Tate and Levi daily and didn't want to risk anything.

“We came back negative and don't have to isolate like the twins do.”

Melissa Rawson and Bryce Ruthven.
Bryce revealed earlier this week that their sons were exposed to a Covid case. Photo: Instagram/bryceruthven

The update comes shortly after the reality TV couple were slammed by followers for implying that Melissa gave birth 10 weeks early due to receiving the second Pfizer jab.

“We had no medical indication that they were coming early, so it was a very big shock,” Melissa said in a video shared to Instagram.

“On Friday the 15th I actually had my second Pfizer jab booked in, and I’d obviously gone to the doctors and spoke to my obstetrician and they had all said that it was safe for pregnant women to get their Pfizer jab but yeah, I had mine done and 14 hours later, I’d gone into labour.”

Followers were quick to slam the video as there is no medical evidence suggesting that the COVID-19 vaccine causes premature labour, according to the Australian Government Health website.

The source actually states that pregnant women have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and a greater chance of giving birth prematurely if they are not vaccinated.

Bryce and Melissa’s Instagram video.
People have interpreted Bryce and Melissa’s recent Instagram video as vaccine misinformation. Photo: Instagram/bryceruthven

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, with one person labelling it “totally irresponsible”.

“It’s pretty normal twins would be delivered that early - how dare you suggest the jab had something to do with it,” another added.

“Are you blaming the COVID jab for the twins being born prematurely?” someone else asked. "Lots of twins are premature. Your post already has people talking about pregnant women not getting the jab. Just wondering was that your intention.”

“Correlation doesn’t equal causation. This is dangerous to suggest it had anything to do with a very normal twin birth which after 28 weeks is absolutely expected they could arrive early,” a fourth wrote.

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