Among the #VaxFacts videos we launched last week is one noting there’s no evidence that getting vaccinated can affect your fertility.
Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has strengthened its recommendation that pregnant women get vaccinated against COVID-19. This is based on a new analysis of current data that found no increase in risk of miscarriage among women who received mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) before 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The recommendation is in line with previous findings that didn’t find any safety concerns for women and babies among those vaccinated late in pregnancy.
According to the CDC, clinicians have seen an increase in pregnant women with COVID-19 due to the Delta variant and lower vaccine uptake among those who are pregnant. Its recommendation says that the increased risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications due to COVID-19 make vaccination “more urgent than ever.”
The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 and older, including those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or might become pregnant in the future.
There is substantial evidence that the benefits of getting vaccinated during pregnancy far outweigh the potential risks because it protects you against severe illness. If you are expecting, I encourage you to get vaccinated today for your health and for your baby’s health.