Healthcare workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN explains that COVID-19 infections during pregnancy can be very risky if you are not vaccinated, increasing the risk of serious complications as well as preterm birth. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects you and your baby.
We know that COVID infection during pregnancy is associated with preterm birth or being born too soon. And we know that prematurity is associated with infant death in the first year of life. Preventable, right? So, if we can prevent COVID-19 in pregnant people, then we also potentially can reduce or prevent prematurity, which is the number one cause of death that’s associated with infants in the first year of life. So, it’s not just about whether or not you get COVID and you go to the ICU, and you recover. There are other reasons why we want to make sure that we can prevent you from having a COVID infection in the first place before, during and after pregnancy.