You can get a COVID-19 vaccine if you are pregnant or think you might be, breastfeeding or trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future.
Here are the facts:
There's no evidence the COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant
There's no need to avoid getting pregnant after being vaccinated
You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccines and cannot pass it to your baby through your breast milk
It is better for you, and your baby, to have the vaccine rather than the COVID infection - watch the video below to find out how COVID-19 affects pregnant women
If you are pregnant and have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine, you can send a message, image, video or voice note to Full Fact and Pregnant and Screwed on 07521 770995 to get your questions answered within 24 hours.
The Lowdown, in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, sat down with Reproductive Immunologist Dr Viki Male, and Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Dr Fatima Husain, to discuss the latest research on the COVID-19 vaccine, fertility and periods.
This guide covers the latest evidence around the vaccine, including information on the main concerns of young women and people who menstruate and the effects of the vaccine on periods and fertility. The guide also discusses other external factors that can affect the menstrual cycle. You can also watch the webinar for more insight from Dr Viki and Dr Fatima.
You can also download a helpful poster developed by obstetricians at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust which offers some reassurance around the vaccines.
Women who remain concerned can speak to a GP, midwife, and vaccinators will also be able to discuss any issues with you when you attend your vaccine appointment.
Below is a collection of resources for women of childbearing age or those that are pregnant or breast feeding:
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have produced a webpage with lots of useful information for healthcare professionals and pregnant women about COVID-19 vaccination several useful resources: www.rcog.org.uk/covid-vaccine
- What do the experts in New Cross Hospital’s maternity department think?
- Gov.uk: Information leaflet for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding on COVID-19 vaccination
- NHS.uk also provide guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/