The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and recommended for pregnant women. This is according to various experts including the Department of Health, World Health Organization, and the US Centers for Disease and Control Prevention.
Despite these recommendations, many preggos are still on the fence about getting vaccinated while pregnant. This bit of good news might help you make up your mind: in a medical center in the United States, a baby was born with existing antibodies against COVID-19. That's because the newborn's mother was vaccinated against the disease in the early stages of her pregnancy!
On Facebook, Effingham Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, LLC, a private practice group in Illinois, USA, shared a photo of a newborn with the results of a COVID-19 test, done as a routine at their clinic. Apart from testing negative, it also contained interesting results.
The group wrote, “This little guy’s momma was proactive and received the COVID vaccine when it became available to her. She received it early in her pregnancy during her 1st trimester.”
The post also alluded that the shot did not affect the baby's health, saying, “The vaccine does not cross the placenta, but as you can see here from his test the antibodies sure do!!! His momma shared her vaccine immunity with him.”
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As of press time, the Facebook post has over 10,000 comments, along with 61,000 shares, and over 31,000 reactions! In the comments section, a lot of expecting moms shared that they were also hesitant about getting the vaccine, but the post has eased their fears. Other preggos who got vaccinated and already gave birth also assured their fellow mothers that their babies continue to be healthy.
“This post made me feel better knowing these pregnant ladies got it and their babies are ok and the babies have the mamas' antibodies,” wrote one mom.
Since the pandemic started, the United States has had more than 38 million COVID-19 cases. Almost 74% of their population have received at least one dose of the vaccine, but many still refuse to be inoculated.
In the Philippines, pregnant women were included in the vaccination priority list under the A3 category earlier this month. Vaccinations are recommended for women who are in their second or third trimester, or those experiencing high risk pregnancies who are still in their first trimester.
While this may be good news for some, others are still afraid of the vaccine harming their baby. Talk to your doctor about getting the vaccine, and if you’re pregnant and are undecided whether or not to receive the virus, experts agree that the benefits far outweigh the possible risks.
Moms (including pregnant women) share their experience after getting the COVID-19 vaccine here.