In light of the COVID-19 vaccines, some may be wondering how the vaccine could affect you if you are lactating or pregnant. Though this should be further discussed with your health care provider, this is what research has shown. Please note that whether or not you take the vaccine is a personal decision based on weighing both the risks and benefits and should be discussed with your physician. If you have any further questions regarding the information, please contact a health care provider for clarification to ensure you have the best possible information before making your decisions.
According to the CDC, currently, there is not enough data to provide conclusive information on the long term effects of the vaccinations for pregnant women. There are studies planned for the effects of this vaccination on pregnant women and the vaccine manufacturers are currently collecting data on those who have received the vaccine and subsequently became pregnant. There were, however, positive results for the Moderna vaccination on pregnant rats showing no ill effects of the vaccine. Additionally, based on how the vaccine works biologically, it has been stated by the CDC that it is unlikely to pose significant risks for pregnant women. For those currently breastfeeding, there is also not much research stating how the COVID vaccine may affect an individual. However, the CDC states that the biological composition of the vaccine and how it works should not pose a significant risk of receiving the vaccine. In the past, vaccines made with the same biological composition have not proven to have any negative effects. Having said that, one should be cautious and talk to their health care provider before receiving the vaccine.
In summation, though there is not enough information readily available to make decisive conclusions on the effects of the vaccine, the CDC does not state that there should be significant risks if you choose to take it. If you do not choose to take it, please continue to practice safety measures such as washing your hands regularly, social distancing, and wearing a mask.