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How does my COVID-19 vaccine protect my baby?

Healthcare workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Joia Crear-Perry, MD, OB/GYN, explains that the antibodies or defenses provided by the COVID-19 vaccine also protect the baby during pregnancy.


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When you get vaccinated, you create antibodies that protect you but that also protects the baby. That makes you when you’re healthy and you’re not getting sick, that means you have, you’re stronger and that you can maintain a pregnancy longer. So that means you won’t go into preterm labor, or you won’t become ill. So, protecting you protects the baby, just like not smoking protects the baby, just like putting your seatbelt on. You get a lot of messages when you’re pregnant about how, what your actions are protective of the baby. This is another message. This is saying being vaccinated protects you and it also protects the baby.

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