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Is it Safe to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding?

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the fear of the unknown has struck us all. Living amidst the new normal is the best practice for us all to follow.  With the COVID-19 vaccine, which has so far proven to be effective, we’re all set to combat the virus once and for all. However, if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive or are breastfeeding, the question that lingers on is, whether or not you should get vaccinated. 

We will clear any doubts or reservations you have towards the COVID-19 vaccine. Read on to know more about the safety of getting the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding.

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1. Can you get a COVID-19 vaccine if you are pregnant?

If you are pregnant or are breastfeeding, you should check with your doctor before you get vaccinated. However, you should not worry about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It has been tested and clinical trials have been done to check the efficacy of the vaccine for pregnant or breastfeeding women. 

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Safety of the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant or breastfeeding women:

The COVID-19 vaccine has so far proven to be safe and effective. However, there is no proven record that the vaccines would be safe for pregnant women and the fetus or breastfeeding women, due to a lack of studies and proper research. Firstly, check if you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Once you are eligible, check with your doctor if you should get the vaccine shot.  Be sure to follow the COVID-19 precautionary norms.

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COVID-19 vaccine during breastfeeding:

  • The vaccine is not known to harm babies.
  • Once you get vaccinated, your immune system will produce antibodies that fight COVID-19. 
  • The antibodies in the vaccine can protect the baby from COVID-19, as they can pass to the baby through breast milk.

2. Can the COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility?

There’s no scientific evidence that confirms that the COVID-19 vaccine causes infertility. Misinformation about the same has been circling around. However, don’t let the same affect your decision to get vaccinated. If you have further doubts, consult with your doctor to make a well-informed decision.

The pandemic hit us all with unprecedented realities. It is natural to have doubts and concerns regarding the vaccine, especially if you are pregnant or are breastfeeding. But an informed decision with the help of your doctor is the best course of action to take for the well-being of you and your baby. In the meantime, we suggest you take the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe from the virus.


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