As we move into a new phase of COVID-19 infection with the delta variant it has become even more important to have quality information about issues related to the virus. One of the most common vaccination concerns is around fertility and whether those who are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant should get the COVID vaccine.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) all strongly recommend patients to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, patients have had questions about the impact of the virus on their health. As experts in reproductive health, we continue to recommend that the vaccine be available to pregnant individuals. We also assure patients that there is no evidence that the vaccine can lead to loss of fertility.”
Data has shown that COVID-19 infection puts pregnant people at increased risk of severe complications and even death. Pregnant women with COVID-19 are 3 times more likely to need ICU care, are 2 to 3 times more likely to need advanced life support and a breathing tube, and have an increased risk of dying due to COVID-19. They may also be at increased risk of stillbirth and preterm birth.
Another potential benefit is that getting the vaccine while pregnant may help you pass anti-COVID-19 antibodies to your baby. In numerous studies of vaccinated moms, antibodies were found in the umbilical cord blood of babies and in the mother’s breastmilk. These antibodies may help protect infants who currently are not able to be vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccination is the best method to reduce maternal and fetal complications of COVID-19 infection among pregnant people—experts strongly recommend that pregnant people get vaccinated.
If you have questions about the vaccine be sure to discuss them with your primary care doctor or OB/GYN.
Get the facts. Get the vaccine. STOP COVID! Protect yourself and those around you.
For more about Maternity Services at FMC click here https://www.fmchealth.org/services/maternity-care/.