Should Pregnant Women Get the Covid Booster Shot?

Many pregnant women wonder if the booster shot is safe for their fetus.

In terms of Covid-19 and it’s variants there is still a lot that we don’t know. One of the weirdest things about this whole pandemic is watching the scientific method play out in real time, as doctors learn more about the disease and potential methods of treatment

Vaccines and vaccine booster shots are the best preventative measures we can take in terms of Covid, but many people question the efficacy and safety, especially for pregnant women.

On October 21s of this year, the CDC released guidelines regarding who should get the Covid-19 booster shot. These guidelines differ depending on if you have had either the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine, or the Johnson and Johnson alternative.

The overarching consensus is that in terms of Covid, pregnancy is considering an underlying health condition, as women who are pregnant, or within 42 days of previously giving birth are at a higher risk for contracting Covid-19 and should thus get vaccinated and boosted.

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This guideline comes from the CDC, but is backed up by the  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). These two agencies focus specifically on the healthcare of pregnant women in the US, so they are about as reputable as it gets.

If you are pregnant and considering a Covid booster, the first thing you should do is talk to your doctor. Not all pregnancies are the same, and there may be specific reasons why you personally should not get boosted.

That being said, as a general rule, Covid boosters are safe for pregnant people, and should be strongly considered for the safety of both yourself, and your unborn child. 

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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