According to a study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, women who are vaccinated against Kovid-19 during pregnancy are not at any risk of premature or low birth weight.
This is the latest in a series of studies showing that COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women.
Findings are consistent for those who received either Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines and for those who were vaccinated during the second or third trimester. There were not enough data to analyze the risk during the first trimester or in those vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The CDC study involved nearly 46,000 pregnant women, including about 10,000 women who had received at least one dose of COVID-19 during vaccination. A preterm birth was defined as less than 37 weeks’ gestation and low birth weight were those where the baby’s birth weight was less than the tenth percentile for gestational age.
According to researchers, pregnant women who experience a symptomatic case of COVID-19 face a two-fold risk for intensive care unit admission and ventilation and a higher risk for death than non-pregnant women. There is a risk of exposure to those who experience a symptomatic infection.
The CDC recommends vaccination for all women who are pregnant, recently pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or may become pregnant in the future. Still, vaccine intake among pregnant women is low—according to the latest CDC data, only a third of pregnant women have been vaccinated.
“Evidence for the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, including the detection of antibodies in pregnant blood, continues to grow,” the researchers wrote. This suggests that even pregnant women who are vaccinated can protect their newborns.
“Together, these findings reinforce the importance of information about the risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy, the benefits of vaccination, and the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy,” he said. said.
The study does not account for potentially confounding factors, including a pregnant woman’s previous history of preterm or low birth weight or a prior COVID-19 infection. Also, the group studied does not include people who may be eligible for additional vaccine doses or booster shots during pregnancy.
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