There are a lot of misconceptions and myths going around about COVID and pregnancy. One in particular, is the myth that the COVID vaccine can have negative effects on women who are pregnant, their unborn babies, and their children who are still breastfeeding. Studies have shown that this is simply not the case. In fact, the consensus is the opposite.
COVID-19 Vaccine Pregnancy: Before, During, and After
It is understandable that as a future mom you want to do everything in your power to ensure the health of your unborn child. It is for this reason that experts are recommending women who plan to be pregnant, are currently pregnant, or those who have breastfeeding children get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Studies prove that there is no evidence of an increased danger for early pregnancy loss after getting the COVID vaccine according to The New England Journal of Medicine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, also mentions that studies have found that people who are pregnant are “more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people.” So it is important for pregnant women to not hesitate when it comes to getting the COVID vaccine to protect themselves and their future children.
The CDC even goes as far to say that it is actually beneficial to unborn children if their mother gets the mRNA COVID vaccine because the unborn baby will build antibodies against the disease. This is especially important due to new variants such as the delta variant that has become prominent.
Can the COVID Vaccine Affect Future Pregnancy?
Infertility concerns have also been circulating about the COVID vaccine. The CDC reassures it’s readers that there is no such evidence that the COVID vaccine could cause any fertility issues for men or women.
Like most, pregnant women or those who are planning to become pregnant in the future will simply get “local side effects” after getting the COVID vaccine. As The Lancet points out, “serious adverse events are rare and no more common than in vaccination outside pregnancy.”
Are There Any Concerns for Babies Born After the COVID Vaccine?
The short answer to this question is, no. There is nothing to worry about when it comes time to give birth to your child after getting the COVID vaccine. Recent studies disprove any rumors that mention a high risk of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, or premature birth according to Mother To Baby.
It is important to point out, however, that it can be dangerous if pregnant mothers do not get their COVID vaccine. Mother To Baby states that there is a possibility that there could be a higher risk of complications during delivery if the mother were to contract the COVID-19 disease before the birth of her child. An example complication is preterm delivery or when a baby is born too early.
COVID, the COVID Vaccine, and Breastfeeding
At the beginning of the pandemic there were concerns regarding the possibility of breastfed children contracting the COVID-19 infection through their mother’s breast milk. This is not the case. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the virus does not spread through breast milk.
There are no known COVID vaccine breastfeeding side effects. Harvard Health Publishing states that the mother may experience typical side effects after getting the COVID mRNA vaccine like:
- Pain at the injection site
- Body aches
While the breastfeeding mother may experience these side effects after getting the COVID vaccine, research shows that there are benefits to getting vaccinated. The American Academy of Pediatrics explains that while the virus itself does not travel through breast milk, antibodies created from the mother’s reaction to the vaccine do. These antibodies help the baby’s immune system fight against the virus.
More clinical trials and tests need to be conducted to understand the extent of protection against COVID-19 provided to infants through their vaccinated mothers, but the future looks promising.
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