What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and COVID-19 Vaccines
Disclaimer: This page houses important COVID-19 information. Resources pertain to COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, including links to our evidence-based Fact Sheets. However, the resources here should not replace the care and advice of a medical professional.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a rapidly evolving situation, and over time we have been able to learn more about how this virus impacts pregnancy. Studies show that people who are pregnant and have COVID-19 have a higher chance of becoming very sick than people who are not pregnant. Having a COVID-19 infection in pregnancy also increases the chances of certain pregnancy complications.
Staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines is recommended for everyone who is planning pregnancy, currently pregnant, recently pregnant, and/or breastfeeding. Studies that have included many thousands of vaccinated people have found that getting the vaccine before or during pregnancy or while breastfeeding does not cause problems with fertility; does not increase the chances of miscarriage, preterm delivery, stillbirth, or other pregnancy complications; and does not cause problems for breastfeeding infants. Staying up to date on the vaccines (including all recommended booster doses) is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, MotherToBaby has been involved in research on COVID-19 infection and COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy and breastfeeding. We have assembled up-to-date, evidence-based resources on both of these topics. We have also established one of the first studies on COVID-19 infection and COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy. We hope people who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding and their providers see the importance in helping the world better understand this virus and the vaccines used to prevent it, and will join our study or refer their patients to our study.
Join Our COVID-19 Study
If you’re pregnant and have or had a known COVID-19 infection during pregnancy, or if you have received any dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant, please consider enrolling into our observational study to give parents-to-be better answers about COVID-19 during pregnancy. You will not be asked to take or change any medications, and you can participate from the comfort of your home. For more info, download our study flyer for participants (English & Spanish) or for healthcare providers.
Please see our library of COVID-19 information resources below on exposures and vaccines during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Related Fact Sheets
Related Baby Blogs
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding: A Message for Patients
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Pregnant People
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Breastfeeding and Caring for Newborns
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for People who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
- Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine: COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy
External Resources for Healthcare Providers
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: COVID-19 Vaccination Considerations for Obstetric–Gynecologic Care
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Statement of Strong Medical Consensus for Vaccination of Pregnant Individuals Against COVID-19
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: COVID-19 Vaccines: Tools for Your Practice and Your Patients
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Vaccine Recipient Education