Myths and facts about COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy
A lot of myths have sprung up about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy, and while one local doctor works to dispel them, a Northern Virginia woman said asking “nitpicky questions” of her doctor gave her the facts.
Getting to the truth is important because women who are pregnant and sick with COVID-19 are more likely than other women to die, be hospitalized or be put on ventilators. Guidance from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology says that the vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant women.
The V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of last month had data on more than 30,000 pregnancies. “And they have found no safety concerns,” said Dr. Amy Banulis, an OBGYN with Kaiser Permanente in Falls Church. “Specifically, no unexpected pregnancy or infant outcomes and no increase in the rate of miscarriage. So this is very, very reassuring.”