COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy – An Update from NJPA
At New Jersey Perinatal Associates, we strive to keep our patients informed about anything that may impact their health and the health of their pregnancy, which has included the COVID-19 pandemic. The widespread use of the COVID-19 vaccine has been a major step forward in taking control of the pandemic, and we understand that many pregnant women have been unsure of the right steps to take for themselves and their babies during this time. We want our patients to be confident in all steps they take for their health, including choosing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Keep reading for an update from NJPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy.
Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine if I am Pregnant?
As of August 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging all pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In a statement released by the CDC, Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said “the vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as we face the highly transmissible Delta variant and see severe outcomes from COVID-19 among unvaccinated pregnant people.” Similar recommendations have come from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, who recommends that pregnant and lactating people be vaccinated against COVID-19. The organization has stated that “vaccination is the best method to reduce maternal and fetal complications of SARS-CoV-2 infection.” At NJPA, we respond to continuously evolving guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Public Health of NJ, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and we would be happy to answer any questions you have about the vaccine and your pregnancy. We are also happy to provide additional resources and information from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine:
COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy- a Word from NJPA
At NJPA, we agree with the guidelines set forth by the organizations mentioned above, and we strongly urge you to get your COVID-19 vaccine. We have learned through our experience with this virus since March 2020. There is an increased risk for severe illness, ICU admission, needing to be on a ventilator, and death for those who contract COVID-19 during pregnancy. There is also an increased risk of preterm delivery and stillbirth of your baby. Women who are overweight or obese and those with other medical conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, or diabetes are at an even higher risk of severe complications. None of the COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to cause infertility or pregnancy loss. In fact, there is no evidence of negative outcomes to mom or baby from vaccinating pregnant individuals. You can get the COVID-19 vaccine along with other vaccines, and you should get your booster during pregnancy as well. Due to a recent increase in local cases and severe illness in pregnant women, we recommend that you not wait to receive your booster in the third trimester. This information is supported by the CDC, ACOG, SMFM, and countless other medical societies. If you are thinking about pregnancy, are already pregnant, have recently delivered, or know someone who is pregnant or concerned about fertility, get your vaccine now and stay safe.
How Else Can I Protect Myself from COVID-19 During Pregnancy?
Along with getting vaccinated against COVID-19, there are several ways that pregnant women and their families can protect themselves against COVID-19. We encourage you to continue taking the same steps that have become common over the past year, which include keeping a safe distance from anyone who may have been infected and wearing a mask, along with keeping your hands clean. Our staff is also taking diligent measures to ensure your safety by thoroughly disinfecting surfaces and equipment between patients. Counseling may occur via virtual technology when possible as we continue our efforts to decrease waiting room crowding. The safety of our patients and staff has remained a priority at NJPA throughout the pandemic.
High-Risk Pregnancy Care Services in NJ
The pandemic has been a stressful and uncertain time for everyone, especially those who are pregnant or hoping to become pregnant. That stress can be increased when a pregnancy is high-risk, which can occur due to medical, surgical, or obstetrical risk factors. At our high-risk pregnancy centers in NJ, we provide several services focused on promoting the health of both mother and baby during pregnancy, so you can enjoy this special time in your life and achieve a successful delivery. Our high-risk pregnancy care services in NJ include:
- Prenatal Diagnosis
- Medical Complications of Pregnancy
- Pregnancy-Related Complications
- Preconception Counseling
High-Risk Pregnancy Specialists in New Jersey
We want to provide the care you need to support a healthy pregnancy and address any risks that may be present. Our perinatologists are proud to work with patients at our five office locations in Belleville, Livingston, Teaneck, Warren, and Westfield, along with those from the surrounding areas. Each member of our perinatal team works together to provide comprehensive care and answer any questions our patients may have about COVID-19, vaccination, and their pregnancy in general. To learn more or to schedule an appointment at the location nearest you, please contact us today.