Pregnant women and their babies are at high risk for COVID-19

Written by on February 1, 2021

 Pregnant women and their babies are at high risk for COVID-19

By Brittany Sweeney

February 1, 2021

Image by Cindy Parks from Pixabay

Millions of Pennsylvanians are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, including pregnant women who are in a high-risk category for the virus.

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Dr. Elizabeth Flodin, an obstetrician and gynecologist with Lehigh Valley Health Network, works with pregnant women and is also expecting her second child.

Pregnant women who get COVID-19 are at a higher risk of serious illness, she says, and could cause preeclampsia, preterm delivery, blood clots, and heart attack. And their fetuses can be stillborn. 

“When the vaccine first came out, I spoke to some of our Maternal Fetal Medicine colleagues and the higher risk doctors, I got their opinion on the safety of it and usually as long as it is not a live attenuated vaccine, it’s generally is safe in pregnancy,” she says, “When the Centers for Disease Control labeled pregnant woman as a high-risk category, and then also knowing that the vaccine is generally safe. That’s why I decided to get it.”

The  American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine all recommend that pregnant and lactating women be offered the COVID-19 vaccine. They also suggest the vaccination for women trying to get pregnant or undergoing IVF

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