Doctors say getting vaccine while pregnant can help baby develop antibodies

Many new parents and those who are planning to get pregnant have raised concerns over how the COVID-19 vaccine can affect fertility, but doctors say getting vaccinated can actually benefit your baby.

News 12 Staff

Jun 11, 2021, 11:50 PM

Updated 1,097 days ago

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Many new parents and those who are planning to get pregnant have raised concerns over how the COVID-19 vaccine can affect fertility, but doctors say getting vaccinated can actually benefit your baby.
Health experts say pregnant parents are some of the most at-risk for COVID-19, which is why doctors say you should get the vaccine if you are expecting or planning to get pregnant.
Dr. Wendy Wilcox oversees women's health and gynecology at NYC Health + Hospitals. She says that even though the vaccines were not tested on pregnant people in their clinical trials, studies tracking vaccinated pregnancies prove the vaccines won't hurt your pregnancy or your chances of getting pregnant in the future.
"They really have not seen any adverse effects and so that's really great news. And so with that news we can encourage and advise our patients that they should receive the vaccine," said Wilcox. "When pregnant people get the vaccine, they develop a robust amount of antibodies so that helps to protect the newborn against getting infected with the virus."
Wilcox says the benefits of getting the vaccine outweigh the risks.


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