Created: January 12, 2021 07:42 PM
(WDIV) One of the groups carefully weighing the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines is pregnant women.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not excluded from receiving the vaccine, but health experts are urging those women to speak with their doctors beforehand.
"We have cared for many many women who have become very sick with the COVID virus in pregnancy," says Dr. Amy Whitten. "Pregnant women are at higher risk for having complications related to the virus, like hospitalization and needing ICU care."
Dr. Whitten is a maternal and fetal medicine specialist at Michigan's Beaumont Royal Oak hospital. She notes pregnant and breastfeeding women were not included in the vaccine clinical trials.
Major organizations, like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, support vaccine use in those groups.
"My guidance to my patients is that while the vaccine wasn’t studied specifically in pregnant women, women who did become pregnant after receiving the vaccine had outcomes that were similar to those who were not vaccinated," Dr. Whitten says. "My healthcare worker colleagues who are pregnant and breastfeeding who’ve had the opportunity to take the vaccine, you know, the vast majority have done it."
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