Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and the Coronavirus Vaccine

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By News Team on March 9, 2021

Wondering whether receiving one of the coronavirus vaccines is appropriate during pregnancy? Fertility specialist Jaclyn Nunziato, M.D., with Carilion Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology, recently sat down to talk about it.

Dr. Nunziato's interest is not just clinical, but personal: She is currently breastfeeding the baby she carried and delivered during the pandemic—and she is fully vaccinated.

"Yes, it is safe in pregnancy," she said. "It is safe for breastfeeding mothers, and it allows you the ability and the empowerment to go and protect you and your baby. I said yes to the vaccine because I am breastfeeding, because I know this is the first opportunity I've had to protect myself, my family, my baby and my patients."

Watch the entire video, or click through to a particular question you're interested in:

  • Can I get the vaccine if I'm pregnant or planning to become pregnant? (0:00)
  • If I am currently pregnant, when is the safest time to get the vaccine? (2:15​)
  • What about if I'm breastfeeding? (3:00​)
  • If I take the vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding, will my baby be protected by the antibodies my body makes? (3:50​)
  • What are the potential side effects from the vaccine, and how should I treat them if I'm pregnant? (4:22​)
  • What are the risks if I decide not to take the vaccine? (5:24​)
  • Will the vaccine cause infertility? (6:05​)
  • Will children under the age of 16 be able to take the vaccine? (6:52​)
  • Are you recommending that your patients take the vaccine? (7:20​)

Please note that this guidance is current as of this writing, and is constantly evolving. Be sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for timely and regularly updated information.

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