Pregnant or Breasteeding? This Vaccine Q&A Is for You

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By News Team on September 23, 2021

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility or menstruation? You are not alone. Fertility specialist Jaclyn Nunziato, M.D., with Carilion Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology, recently sat down to answer those questions and more. 

You can watch the full video, or jump to a question you're interested in below.

  • Why should pregnant and breastfeeding women get the vaccine? (0:36)
  • What research has been done to show the safety of the vaccines? (1:50)
  • Do the vaccines affect menstrual cycles? (2:50)
  • Do they affect fertility? (3:28)
  • Will the vaccines affect a developing fetus? (4:09)
  • Which of the vaccines should pregnant women choose? (5:19)
  • How should pregnant women deal with side effects from the vaccine? (5:54)
  • Should women who are planning to get pregnant wait to get the vaccine? (6:41)

Be sure to catch the request Dr. Nunziato makes of women in our community; it's the last question at 7:28.

If you missed Dr. Nunziato's first Q&A, you can find it here.

In addition to talking with Dr. Nunziato, we asked several of our frontline health care workers why they have chosen to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Their answers have been enlightening, especially Brittany Gurley, B.S.N.'s. Here, the COVID-19 nurse describes why she got vaccinated and the fact that it did not have a negative impact on her pregnancy.

Note: This topic continues to evolve. The information shared reflects the most accurate guidance at the time that Dr. Nunziato's video was prepared. For the most current information on COVID-19, please visit 

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