Pregnant and Protected: COVID-19

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Pregnancy is often an exciting yet apprehensive time. With information pouring in from well-meaning family, friends and even acquaintances, it can also feel overwhelming at times. Unfortunately, COVID-19 can make things more challenging for pregnant people who want to keep themselves and their developing babies safe. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. This recommendation includes getting new COVID-19 vaccines when you are due for one. If you have questions about the timing of vaccines, talk to your healthcare provider.

Looking for more information about how to stay healthy during your pregnancy? Visit our Philly Loves Families Pregnancy page for information and local resources.

Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 is still spreading and getting your COVID-19 vaccines is the best way to be protected. If you are not up to date with the COVID-19 vaccines, you are at a higher risk of getting very sick and having more complications. This includes admission to an intensive care unit (ICU), needing a ventilator to breathe, having a premature baby (a baby born before 37 weeks gestation), and other complications that can hurt you and your developing baby.

Is the vaccine safe for me and my baby?

From scientific studies that included hundreds of thousands of pregnant people around the world, we know that getting COVID-19 vaccines before, during, or after pregnancy is safe for you and your baby. Plus, vaccinated mothers pass the antibodies they create from the vaccines to their babies. These antibodies can protect babies during the first months of their lives before they are old enough to get the vaccine.

I got a COVID-19 vaccine last year, How do I know if I need one now?

Talk with a trusted healthcare provider, like your OB/GYN, nurse, doula, midwife, or local pharmacist to review when/if you’ve gotten a COVID-19 vaccine before and when you should get your next one. You can get the COVID-19 vaccine, and any other vaccines, before, during, and after your pregnancy, including if you are breastfeeding.

To learn more about staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines before or during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, visit Pregnant and Recently Pregnant People | CDC and talk to your trusted health care provider.

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