With the COVID-19 vaccine becoming more available to the public, many people question if the vaccine is safe to take while pregnant or breastfeeding. Here are answers to common questions you may have.
How does Covid-19 affect women who are pregnant?
The virus is potentially dangerous for everyone but those who are pregnant can be at a higher risk of needing intensive care treatment and requiring breathing support compared to women who are not pregnant. COVID-19 infections during pregnancy may also increase the risk of preterm delivery. Just remember, recommendations will continue to change as we learn more about the virus. If you have any further concerns, you should contact your doctor. You can also check out Harvard Health Blog for additional advice.
Is the newly available mRNA Covid-19 vaccine safe for women who are pregnant?
mRNA vaccine trials did not intentionally include pregnant or breastfeeding individuals. While no tests have been done to assess the safety of the mRNA Covid-19 vaccine during pregnancies, we know other vaccines are safe to use during pregnancy.
What to consider if you are planning to get pregnant in the future?
If you are looking to get pregnant in the future and are concerned with the latent effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, contact your health care provider to discuss your options. Depending on if you have any additional risk factors, you and your health care provider might decide it's best to get the vaccine as soon as it's available.
Pregnant patients who do choose to get vaccinated?
At the moment, the World Health Organization recommends against pregnant women getting the mRNA vaccine unless they have additional risk factors. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) agree that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to pregnant and breastfeeding individuals who are eligible for vaccination. Given the divergent medical opinion, it is best to speak with your healthcare provider to discuss the benefits and risks of receiving the vaccine.
Is it safe to get the vaccine while breastfeeding?