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Is the Vaccine Safe for Pregnant Women?

Is the Vaccine Safe for Pregnant Women?

Vaccination with one of the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines is one of the best tools available to you for preventing serious illness and death. And, vaccinated communities are less likely to spread COVID-19.

If you’re currently pregnant, breastfeeding, or if you think you could become pregnant soon, you’re probably already paying a lot of extra attention to what you put in your body. You feel responsible for the health and wellness of your future baby.

You may have heard rumors that COVID-19 vaccination isn’t safe for those who are pregnant. According to the US CDC, that’s not the case — not only is vaccination safe for pregnant people, but it’s a good idea, and the CDC recommends vaccination to prevent pregnancy complications related to COVID-19.

When you’re trying to sort through the myths and facts about COVID-19 vaccination, turn to our team of infectious disease experts at GatherWell COVID Testing of Ham Lake, Elk River, Edina, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

We provide quick and accurate testing services to help you learn more about your current and past COVID-19 infection status and can give you the support you need to make the best decisions about vaccination for you and your growing family.

The benefits of COVID-19 vaccines

The multiple COVID-19 vaccines currently approved by the US FDA offer substantial health benefits to adults and children. Here’s what you need to know.

Full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters as needed, significantly reduces your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Vaccination also offers protection against infection, lowering your risk of catching COVID-19. 

And, if you’re breastfeeding, getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19 decreases the risk of your younger-than-6-month-old baby being hospitalized due to COVID.

COVID-19 vaccines approved by the FDA are rigorously tested and known to be safe for adults and children in the recommended doses and schedules. In case of a rare allergic reaction, you’ll typically be monitored for a brief period after receiving a vaccine or booster shot.

COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy

COVID-19 infection is an increased risk for those who are expecting, as COVID-19 raises your chances of preterm delivery or stillbirth, in addition to other potentially dangerous pregnancy complications. That’s why the CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for people who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, or who may become pregnant soon.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) also strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination at any point during pregnancy due to the need to mitigate risks of COVID-19 infection while pregnant. 

ACOG recommendations emphasize that it's most important for you to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible during your pregnancy and birth journey.

Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines

Some people experience uncomfortable side effects for a day or so after getting a vaccine, but COVID-19 vaccination offers so much in terms of protection for you, your family, and your community, that the momentary discomfort is more than worth it.

Studies show no evidence of negative impacts on pregnant individuals or fetuses as a result of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy and no evidence that vaccination can cause spontaneous abortion, fetal defects, or infertility.

If you’re concerned about the safety of COVID-19 vaccination for you during your pregnancy journey, why not talk to one of the providers at GatherWell about your specific preventive care needs? You can schedule a consultation appointment with a member of our team by calling one of our locations now. Or, book with our easy-to-use online scheduling tool.

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