Pregnant women are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Recent data on the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from 90,000 pregnant women in the United States showed the vaccines are safe. Until recently, pregnant women were not advised to get vaccinated. This is because they were not included in the early studies; although some women in these studies became pregnant after receiving their vaccine. In this new research, there was no evidence that the vaccines could cause any harm to a pregnancy. With the latest data in the U.S., pregnant women can have the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) at any stage of pregnancy; however, it is recommended to wait until 12 weeks after conception.
Pregnant women are not at higher risk of catching COVID-19 than other groups
Most pregnant women experience mild symptoms if they are infected by COVID-19. Some research shows that pregnant women are at greater risk of becoming severely sick from the virus. Other research shows that pregnant women who get COVID-19 are more likely to give birth early (such as premature births). However, there is no evidence to suggest that any of the vaccines can affect a woman’s chances of getting pregnant (fertility). Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. Getting vaccinated before pregnancy will help prevent COVID-19 infection and its potentially serious health impacts. Also, if you have had one dose of the vaccine, it is best to get your second dose before getting pregnant. This is because, while the first dose is effective, protection may not last for the whole 9 months of your pregnancy.
Breastfeeding is not affected by the vaccine
There is no known risk in giving COVID-19 vaccines to breastfeeding women. In fact, there is no likely way that any vaccine ingredient could pass to your baby through breast milk. Therefore, women should not stop breastfeeding in order to be vaccinated.
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