All You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy
(Updated September 2022)
Going through an unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming, and getting covid while pregnant could make things even more stressful.
There is a good chance you’ve wondered about the impact the COVID-19 vaccine has on a pregnant woman’s health.
That’s why we want to share with you everything you need to know about being pregnant and getting the COVID-19 vaccine, including:
- Is the COVID-19 vaccine available to pregnant women?
- Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for pregnant women?
- Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant?
- Who can I talk to about my decision?
- What else can I do?
Is The COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Pregnant Women?
Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine is available to pregnant women. Federal health agencies, including the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), have made the COVID-19 vaccine available to any pregnant woman or woman planning to become pregnant.
Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe for Pregnant Women?
There is some data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine surrounding pregnant women. Federal health organizations may share more information in the future as research continues.
If you are considering getting a COVID-19 vaccine before or during pregnancy, we encourage you to talk with your healthcare provider first.
Should I Get the Covid-19 Vaccine If I’m Pregnant?
As with any significant health decision, you should always consider your options. You are not obligated to get the vaccine if you are pregnant. Pregnant women have the right to choose whether they want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Who Can I Talk to About My Decision?
Before getting the COVID-19 vaccine before or during pregnancy, you should talk with a health care provider or OB-GYN to see if it is right for you and your baby.
Here are some suggestions of questions you can ask. (This list is not an all-inclusive list; make sure to ask any other questions or concerns you may have regarding the vaccine):
- What is the most up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy?
- Can the COVID-19 vaccine cause miscarriages?
- Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect pregnant women’s immune systems?
- What are the possible side effects, both to my unborn baby and me?
What Else Can I Do?
If you’re pregnant and are concerned about getting covid or any other virus, consider avoiding public areas with lots of people. Also, eat and sleep well to maintain your body’s natural ability to fight illness.
Remember, you’re not alone.
Our trained and caring staff is here to help you. If you have questions, are considering an abortion, or are afraid or aren’t sure you can take care of a baby, please call us at (205) 252-0706. We offer counseling, classes, and other pregnancy resources like diapers and clothing. We’re here to help you.
Request an appointment at Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center today.
Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center serves the surrounding communities of Birmingham, Alabama helping women facing an unplanned pregnancy, to work through their options. We offer free and confidential pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, counseling, support after abortion, and parent resources for women in the Birmingham area.
Her Choice Birmingham Women's Center
A caring women's center, offering free and confidential pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, post-abortion recovery, counseling, and parent resources for women in the Birmingham community.
2120 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233