The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has given its emergency use approval of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for use in individuals 16 years and older, and its distribution is underway. We are awaiting approval and distribution of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. The FDA states both vaccines are very effective with few side effects. Now the question is, are these COVID-19 vaccines safe for pregnant women and breastfeeding moms?
COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy Recommendation
The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend pregnant and lactating women consult with their doctors about getting the vaccine. While there are no studies specifically on pregnant women, the Pfizer vaccine does not contain the virus. Rather, it induces antibodies to protect the mother, and at the present time there is no reason to expect adverse effects on the pregnancy or the fetus.
Preventing COVID-19 During Pregnancy
In general, pregnant women can be more susceptible to infections, but there has not been any hard evidence suggesting that Coronavirus is more easily transmitted during pregnancy or exactly how COVID-19 affects pregnancy. Best advice now is to protect yourself and the rest of your family from COVID-19 and other illnesses via prevention. That means social distancing, wearing masks and practicing good hygiene.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 is a lower respiratory tract infection, which means that most of the symptoms are felt in the chest and lungs. That’s different from colds that bring on an upper respiratory tract infection, where you get a runny nose and sinus congestion. Click to learn more about COVID-19 Symptoms
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