COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy Update – 8/31/21

In accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), Northwest Women’s Healthcare strongly recommends that all pregnant people be vaccinated against COVID-19. Pregnant people who get COVID-19 are more likely to become seriously ill than those who are not pregnant. They are 3 times more likely to need ICU care and 2-3 times more likely to need advanced life support and a breathing tube. They are also more likely to die from COVID-19. The COVID vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease and the associated complications. Vaccination during pregnancy may also help transfer protective antibodies to your baby through the placenta and breast milk.

More than 139,000 people have received a COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy. No safety concerns have been reported. Specifically, there have been no increased risks of pregnancy loss, growth problems, or birth defects compared with pregnant people who were not vaccinated.

In addition, if you are not yet pregnant and thinking of becoming pregnant, rest assured that COVID-19 vaccines do not affect your fertility. You do not need to delay getting pregnant after you get a vaccine.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask us at your next appointment.

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