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      Timilehin EburuTimilehin Eburu

      The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.

      CDC recommendations are in line with those from professional medical organizations including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine.

      Recommendations for pregnant mom/mom-to-be

      If you are pregnant, you might want to have a conversation with your healthcare provider about COVID-19 vaccination. While such a conversation might be helpful, it is not required before vaccination. You can receive a COVID-19 vaccine without any additional documentation from your healthcare provider.

      If you got pregnant after receiving your first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses (i.e., Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine), you should get your second shot to get as much protection as possible. If you experience fever following vaccination, you should take paracetamol because fever—for any reason—has been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes.

      Recommendations for breastfeeding mom

      COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are breastfeeding. Clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines currently used in the United States did not include people who are breastfeeding. Because the vaccines have not been studied in people who are breastfeeding, there are limited data available on the:

      Safety of COVID-19 vaccines in people who are breastfeeding

      Effects of vaccination on the breastfed baby

      Effects on milk production or excretion

      COVID-19 vaccines cannot cause infection in anyone, including the mother or the baby, and the vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 in people who are breastfeeding. Recent reports have shown that breastfeeding people who have received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have antibodies in their breastmilk, which could help protect their babies. More data are needed to determine what protection these antibodies may provide to the baby.

      SOURCE: Emdex.

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