Baptist Health Lexington: Is the COVID Vaccine Safe for Pregnant Women?
If you are pregnant, you may be wondering if the COVID vaccine is safe for you and your baby. Learn more about receiving the COVID vaccine in Lexington, KY.
Is the COVID Vaccine Safe for Pregnant Women? HealthTalks Transcript
Agatha Critchfield, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine:
Now that we have a COVID vaccine, which is becoming widely circulated, it’s important for pregnant and breastfeeding women to consider whether or not it’s appropriate for them to receive the vaccine. About 30,000 women have received the COVID vaccine at this point. Those women, if they know they’re pregnant and want to, can register in something called V-safe. The CDC has started to publish some of that data.
Everything that we have seen so far is very, very reassuring about pregnant women receiving the vaccine in pregnancy. We have not seen any increased risk of congenital malformations, miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth, name the obstetric complication, we have not seen it in association with the vaccine.
It’s so much so that all of our overseeing medical bodies, including the CDC, the World Health Organization, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, which is the high-risk OB group, the American College of OB/GYN, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Breastfeeding Medicine Academy, all endorse pregnant and breastfeeding women receiving the vaccine. I encourage pregnant and breastfeeding women to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s available to them.
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