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Watch: Maternal health experts answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 30 Mar 2021


<div><div itemscope itemtype="https://schema.org/VideoObject"><meta itemprop="uploadDate" content="Mon Mar 29 2021 15:49:46 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)"><meta itemprop="name" content="Watch: Maternal health experts answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy"><meta itemprop="duration" content="PT54M37.12S"><meta itemprop="thumbnailUrl" content="https://content.jwplatform.com/thumbs/6MYRcPoQ-320.jpg"><meta itemprop="contentUrl" content="https://content.jwplatform.com/videos/6MYRcPoQ-dgLRg8gX.mp4"><div style="position:relative; overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:56.25%"> <iframe src="https://cdn.jwplayer.com/players/6MYRcPoQ-XildMFVD.html" width="100%" height="100%" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto" title="Watch: Maternal health experts answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy" style="position:absolute;" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div></div></div><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Pregnant people in the US are in prioritized groups for vaccination in many states, and yet many aren't sure they want to sign up.</p><p>On the one hand, we don't yet have clinical trial data demonstrating the shots' safety and efficacy in the pregnant population, and <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/does-coronavirus-vaccine-make-you-infertile-no-2020-12">(scientifically inaccurate) theories have swirled</a> linking the vaccine in pregnancy to ill effects like infertility.</p><p>On the other hand, the vaccine is not only believed to be safe, but also <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/pregnant-women-are-protected-by-pfizer-and-moderna-vaccines-study-2021-3">beneficial, for moms and their future children</a>, based on the way they're made, CDC data, and research out so far. Plus, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/getting-covid-worse-for-pregnant-than-getting-the-vaccine-2021-3">contracting COVID-19 while pregnant can be dangerous</a>.</p><p>On Friday, March 26, Insider talked to two maternal and child health experts in a one-hour webinar about some of the biggest questions moms-to-be have about the coronavirus vaccines.</p><p>Insider's senior health reporter <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/author/anna-medaris-miller">Anna Medaris Miller</a> spoke to:</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.instagram.com/jessicashepherdmd/" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="80" data-uri="d1aa0049348da2224138f55cd7adb579">Dr. Jessica Shepherd</a>, an OB-GYN and minimally invasive surgeon serves as the chief medical officer of VeryWell Health</li><li>Dr. Jessica Madden, a pediatrician and neonatologist, serves as medical director of <a href="http://aeroflowbreastpumps.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url'q=http://aeroflowbreastpumps.com/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1610204524176000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHZAIHCVFKU1Y5Glw__MBN31YMvWw" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="80" data-ml-dynamic="true" data-ml-dynamic-type="sl" data-orig-url="http://aeroflowbreastpumps.com/" data-ml-id="3" data-ml="true" data-xid="fr1615992480915cgb" data-skimlinks-tracking="" data-uri="88f7788dc0227bf7905ff910e960895c">Aeroflow Breastpumps</a></li></ul><p>They talked about why they highly recommend the vaccines in pregnant women, as well as those who are breastfeeding or trying to conceive; whether there's <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/which-trimester-is-best-to-get-covid-vaccine-in-pregnancy-2021-3">an ideal time in pregnancy to get the shot</a>; what potential long-term risks of the vaccine might be; whether one of the vaccines may be better for pregnant women than others; and more.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/watch-experts-discuss-covid-19-vaccines-in-pregnancy-2021-3#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/navy-usns-comfort-hospital-ship-new-york-coronavirus-covid-19-2020-3">How the Navy's largest hospital ship can help with the coronavirus</a></p>
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