Rumor vs Reality
There’s no evidence that the vaccine causes miscarriages or other problems, but there isn’t a lot of data on pregnant women taking this vaccine.
Right now, both the CDC and the WHO recommend that pregnant women who are at high risk of COVID-19 exposure – like healthcare workers – take the vaccine.
Pregnant women who get COVID-19 are more likely to get severely ill. They have higher rates of ICU admission, ventilation, and death than non-pregnant women.
If you’re pregnant, you should discuss this decision with your doctor. The CDC recommends you weigh the possible unknown risks of vaccination against the known risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy.
Pregnant women were excluded from the clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccines, so there’s not a lot of data. Women in the trials were told not to get pregnant during the trial. Some of those women did become pregnant, however. They’ve been closely monitored ever since for health issues affecting them or their child. So far, no problems have been reported.
We will make updates if the CDC publishes new information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccination Considerations for People who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding. Updated Jan. 7, 2021
World Health Organization. The Moderna COVID-19 (mRNA-1273) vaccine: what you need to know. Updated 26 January 2021.
Harvard Medical School. Wondering about COVID-19 vaccines if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding?
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