Should pregnant women get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Should pregnant women get a COVID-19 vaccine?

PITTSBURGH — Clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccines did not include pregnant and breastfeeding women, but some major organizations say it’s OK for these women to get it.

One group that supports giving vaccines to those groups is the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Amy Whitten, a maternal and fetal medicine specialist, said she urges women to talk about their personal risks and benefits with their doctors.

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“My guidance to my patients is that while the vaccine wasn’t studied specifically in pregnant women, women who did become pregnant after receiving the vaccine had outcomes that were similar to those who were not vaccinated,” Whitten said.

Whitten also shared that a vast majority of her colleagues who are pregnant and breastfeeding have opted to get the vaccine.

The bottom line is it’s a choice, and women should talk to their doctors first to weigh the pros and cons.

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