According to the CDC, pregnant individuals are more likely to become severely ill with COVID-19 and their risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes is increased. As noted in our previous blog, mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women. Vaccines protect not only individuals who are pregnant but also their babies. Here is why: evidence shows that pregnant and lactating women who receive mRNA COVID-19 vaccines pass protective immunity to newborns. In other words, even though babies cannot get vaccinated, they benefit from antibodies that they receive through placenta or breast milk.
A study published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that "vaccine-generated antibodies were present in all umbilical cord blood and breastmilk samples."
For example, on August 9, 2021, Mercy reported that: "baby Nora was born with [COVID-19] antibodies after her mom [Katelyn Huber] was vaccinated during pregnancy."
Receiving a vaccine is your personal choice! If you are unsure of whether you should get vaccinated or not, talk to your healthcare provider and discuss what can be the best option for your and your baby's health.