What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and COVID-19 Vaccines
Disclaimer: This page houses important information and resources pertaining 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 the last year we’ve learned a little bit about how this novel virus may impact pregnancy. Recent studies have suggested that pregnant women who have COVID-19 might have a higher chance of becoming very sick compared to women who are not pregnant, including a higher chance of being admitted to intensive care and needing to be put on a ventilator (machine that helps you breathe). Having severe symptoms or complications from any illness might require pregnant women to deliver their babies sooner than expected (called preterm birth, or delivery before 37 weeks), which can be associated with long-term health problems for babies.
However, there’s still a lot more we need to know the effects of both COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy and breastfeeding, which is why research studies on these topics are so very important. Our experts are at the forefront of this effort. “Women and their healthcare providers need answers as quickly as possible regarding the effects of COVID-19 and the new COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy and while breastfeeding,” said Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, lead investigator for MotherToBaby Pregnancy Studies and professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego. “Our team has assembled up-to-date, evidence-based resources on both of these topics. We have also established one of the first large scale studies on COVID-19 in pregnancy. We hope pregnant women and their providers see the importance in helping the world understand this novel virus and join our study.”
Join Our COVID-19 Study
If you’re pregnant and have known or suspected COVID-19 infection or exposure, please consider enrolling into our observational study to give moms-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 resources below on COVID-19 exposure and COVID-19 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: Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19
- 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