COVID-19 & Pregnancy: Keep up to date on the latest guidance

Update 12.20.2021: Research shows COVID infections can have long-term effects on babies, while only 35 percent of pregnant women are vaccinated

Update 8.27.2021:
The March of Dimes addresses a number of vaccination myths related to COVID-19 on their News Moms Need blog.

Update 8.20.2021: The  National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides helpful, research-based information on how COVID-19 impacts pregnancy and the safety of the vaccine.

Update 8.11.2021:  The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention now recommends vaccination for all women pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future.

As COVID-19 continues to impact the Northeast Florida community and nation, we want to share important information for our families.

Pregnancy, in particular, increases a person’s risk of severe illness from COVID and studies show it leads to an increase in complications and mortality.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19. Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine recommend vaccination for pregnant and lactating women. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of getting a vaccine.

The CDC recommends the following to reduce the transmission of COVID:

  • Consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine for yourself and for others who live with you. Everyone age 12 years or older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Limit in-person interactions with people who might have been exposed to COVID-19, including people within your household, as much as possible. If you or someone in your household is sick with COVID-19, follow guidance for isolation.
  • Wear a mask in indoor public places.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Then wash your hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces daily using household cleaners, such as soap or detergent.