Health Minute: Covid Vaccine & Pregnancy
As COVID-19 remains in our community, data has shown that getting vaccinated is the best way to protect ourselves from severe illness. However, many pregnant women have not received their COVID-19 vaccine. Homayara Aziz, MD, an OB-GYN who practices at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center shares why it’s safe and important for pregnant women to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster while pregnant?
It is safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine at any point during your pregnancy. Having a healthy mom is important to have a healthy baby, and women who are pregnant are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Receiving your COVID-19 vaccine and booster can help protect you and your baby.
When is the best time to get the vaccine?
If you are pregnant the best time to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster, regardless of which trimester you are in, is now. If you have any questions about getting your COVID-19 vaccine, talk more with your doctor prior to receiving your vaccine.
Which COVID-19 vaccine should I get?
Currently, if you are pregnant experts recommend receiving one of the mRNA vaccines – either Pfizer or Moderna. Both vaccines are shown to be safe and effective during pregnancy and produce a good immune response.
What are the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant?
When you are pregnant and receive a vaccine, you are not only protecting yourself, but your baby. You can pass antibodies to your baby, which can often provide protection to your baby during those most vulnerable first few months of life. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is no different. From the time you receive your vaccine your body begins creating antibodies against COVID-19 and can offer protection to your baby.
Are there additional ways I can protect myself and my baby from COVID-19?
While getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your baby, it’s also important to continue to wear your mask, social distance and wash your hands frequently when you are outside of your home.