COVID Vaccination in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
For pregnant and lactating women, the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine have been a hot topic. The difficulty before now has been that the vaccine studies did not include pregnant or breastfeeding women. Now, more than 10,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated without red flags, providing a clearer view and allowing recommendations to emerge.
Most recently, Contemporary OB/GYN’s Editor in Chief, Catherine Y. Spong, MD, joined Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH, for a Q&A session via YouTube to discuss these topics. Here is some of what they shared.
- Pregnant women are no more or less susceptible to contracting COVID-19.
- Pregnant women with COVID-19 are likely to have more severe symptoms and require intensive care.
- Women with critical illnesses have much higher risks when pregnant.
- There is an increased possibility of pre-term birth when the mother is COVID-19 positive.
- Almost all viruses under the right circumstances can be passed transplacentally, but with COVID-19, it doesn’t happen often.
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Internal Fetal Medicine advocate for pregnant women to have access to the vaccine.
- The mRNA vaccine is not infectious, and you cannot get COVID-19 from it.
- There are real and meaningful risks of not getting vaccinated.
Link to the breastfeeding guidelines for COVID-19-positive or exposed mothers.
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