COVID-19 Vaccine Makes Pregnancy Safer

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that individuals at all stages of the family building process be vaccinated against COVID-19. This is consistent with guidance from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM), and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

Pregnant individuals appear to be at particular risk for severe COVID-19 disease. The vaccines are safe and effective in preventing infection, severe disease, and death for this population.

The COVID vaccines have been administered to more than 139,000 pregnant women, and no safety concerns have been noted. There is no data to support concerns that COVID-19 vaccines interfere with fertility, and there actually is data that infertile women who have received the COVID-19 vaccine have the same success with fertility treatments as those who have not. Recent studies have shown individuals who receive the vaccine during pregnancy develop protective antibodies that are passed through the placenta to the developing fetus. Recent data has also shown no evidence of vaccine in breastmilk, though antibodies can cross through breastmilk and may provide protection for infants. The CDC recommends lactating women receive the COVID -19 vaccine.

We feel the potential benefits of receiving the vaccine far outweigh any risks. We realize individuals may have questions, and we encourage everyone to consult with their provider about obtaining a vaccination.

One of our Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility physician, Dr. Stephanie Gunderson, recently had her own experience with pregnancy and COVID-19. She received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while she was pregnant without having any adverse effects from it. Despite having had one dose of the vaccine, Dr Gunderson was diagnosed with COVID-19 days prior to delivery. She was sick, but was fortunate as she did not require medical interventions for her symptoms as even having one dose of the vaccine allowed for protective benefits from it.

Dr. Gunderson then received her second dose of her vaccine after delivering and while breast feeding and has not changed her milk supply or milk quality due to this.

“I am so grateful for the scientists who have worked tirelessly to make this vaccine possible. This is how we end COVID-19 and keep our families friends and loved ones safe.”