On August 11, the CDC updated guidance for COVID-19 vaccines while pregnant or breastfeeding to recommend that all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future, receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect pregnant and breastfeeding people from severe illness from COVID-19.
Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy. There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.
For more information, please see the following resources:
- American Academy of Pediatrics – HealthyChildren.org: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Breastfeeding-During-COVID-19.aspx
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/coronavirus-covid-19-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding
- MotherToBaby: https://mothertobaby.org/
- Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Pregnancy: 2022-AWHONN-COVID-Vaccine-and-Pregnancy-1.pdf (stackpathcdn.com)
- AWHONN Breastfeeding: 2022-AWHONN-COVID-Vaccine-and-Breastfeeding-1.pdf (stackpathcdn.com)
To speak to someone about COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, you can contact MotherToBaby. MotherToBaby experts are available to answer questions in English or Spanish by phone or chat. The free and confidential service is available Monday–Friday 8am–5pm (local time). To reach MotherToBaby:
- Call 1-866-626-6847
- Chat live or send an email MotherToBaby
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and other pregnancy experts recommend COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant and lactating people. The below flyer includes answers to some of the most common questions people have about the vaccines in pregnancy. Please feel free to use this as a resource in your facility!
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