COVID-19 and pregnancy

Based on what we know at this time, compared to non-pregnant people, pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19. Additionally, pregnant people with COVID-19 might be at increased risk for other adverse outcomes, such as preterm birth (delivering the baby earlier than 37 weeks).

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About the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy

According to the CDC the Centers for Disease Control, pregnant women are among the high-risk groups who benefit from vaccination. The vaccine is thought to be unlikely to pose a risk, according to experts from the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and the CDC, and the independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). That’s because the vaccine does not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, so it cannot give someone COVID-19, and the vaccine does not interact with or alter human DNA in the recipient. Studies have not yet been done on pregnant women, but there is presently no known theoretical risk. 

Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility?

There is no evidence at all that fertility is affected by the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no need to postpone pregnancy after vaccination.

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Considering that pregnant women are at increased risk if they become infected with COVID-19, it's a good idea to get vaccinated before, during, and after pregnancy, as soon as the vaccine is available to you. If you need more information, you may want to make that decision also after having a discussion with your provider.

What should you know about COVID-19 vaccine side effects and pregnancy?

The COVID-19 vaccine is expected to cause some side effects, especially after the second dose. Following vaccination, some experience fever and may be advised to take acetaminophen (if not contraindicated) to reduce temperatures. Acetaminophen may be offered as an option for other post-vaccination symptoms as well. Consult your doctor if you experience any side effects. Learn more from the CDC or American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.

 

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