What pregnant women should know about the COVID-19 vaccine
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not excluded from receiving the coronavirus vaccine.
We have cared for many, many women who have become very sick with the covert virus and pregnancy, and pregnant women are at higher risk for having complications related to the virus, like hospitalization and needing. I see you care. Dr. Amy Witten is a maternal and fetal medicine specialist, she says. Although pregnant and breastfeeding women are not included in the clinical trials, major organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists support vaccine use in those groups. My guidance to my patients is that while the vaccine wasn't studied specifically and pregnant women, women who did become pregnant after receiving the vaccine had outcomes that were similar to those who were not vaccinated. For my health care worker, colleagues who are are pregnant and breastfeeding who had the opportunity to take the vaccine, you know the vast majority have have done it. She urges women to talk about their personal risks and benefits with their doctors. That's exactly what Dana Houston Jones, a school social worker, did. I am pregnant. So just knowing that I am in the high risk category to develop potentially some of the more severe symptoms of Cove it it just gets me really nervous about being exposed for my job and what that could mean for my health and for the health of my baby. After doing her own research to, she plans to get the vaccine as soon as she can. I am more anxious about what, um, getting coveted with me and versus what the unknowns of a vaccine would mean. And overall, I'm gonna air on the side of trusting what my doctors and the professionals are recommending.