Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine during early pregnancy not associated with risk of birth defects: study – CTV

April 5, 2022

A new study looking at ultrasounds from more than 3,000 women has found that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant was not associated with any increase in the risk of physical birth defects.

Although health experts have stressed that pregnant people should get vaccinated, and that there is no evidence that it has a detrimental impact on the parent or the child, lingering concerns have persisted for many due to pregnant people being excluded from the original round of clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines.

“One of the reasons women struggle with the vaccine in pregnancy is they’re worried about their babies and don’t want to take any risks,” Dr. Rachel Ruderman, a fourth-year resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Feinberg, and first author of the study, said in a press release. “This study shows there really is no increased risk of birth defects, and it supports other evidence that shows the vaccine is safe and beneficial for mom and baby.”

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