The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for all of us, and there are so many things we’re still learning about as we move through this new world.
If you’re TTC, you probably now have one more thing to add to your list of questions: getting pregnant after Covid vaccine shots.
You want to make sure that you make the right choices for your health, your family, and your community.
The problem is, there’s a ton of conflicting information out there. And, if you’re TTC, if there’s even a chance that the vaccine might interfere, feeling nervous is totally understandable.
We know. It’s daunting. So let’s get to the bottom of it all together.
In this article: 📝
- Covid vaccine and fertility FAQs
- Can I get pregnant after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?
- Can COVID-19 vaccines cause male fertility problems?
- Will the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine booster have side effects?
- Getting pregnant after Covid vaccine: the bottom line
Covid vaccine and fertility FAQs
One question that might seem silly–but is actually surprisingly common!–is has anyone gotten pregnant after Covid vaccine? Rest assured, lots of people have. In fact, there is no evidence to date that suggests any link between the Covid-19 vaccine and infertility.
Can I get pregnant after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?
The short answer? Yes, you can get pregnant after you get your Covid vaccine.
The CDC recommends you get the vaccine if you want to get pregnant or are pregnant already.
The WHO and The American Society for Reproductive Medicine say the same thing.
Here’s how the vaccine can help:
- Your vaccine may help protect your baby from Covid-19. In this recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 100% of the babies born to vaccinated mamas had protective antibodies in their systems when they were born.
- Covid-19 is even more dangerous when you’re pregnant. With all the changes that happen to your body during pregnancy, your immune system is not operating at full tilt. That means you are more vulnerable to infection and to becoming severely ill. Also, if you get Covid-19 while you are pregnant, your baby might be at more risk for a preterm birth, according to the CDC.
- For those who are TTC, you don’t have to wait until after you get your vaccine to start trying. That’s because the vaccines are not “live”—meaning they don’t contain the virus that causes Covid-19. Also, if you get pregnant after your first dose, you can go ahead and get your second dose as scheduled.
If you are undergoing fertility treatment, medical experts advise that it’s best to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect yourself and your family.
Undergoing fertility treatment is often an uncertain path that may take some time. Plus this could also mean consistent hospital visits and traveling for medications. Holding off on vaccination can leave you vulnerable and, particularly if you get pregnant, put you at risk of getting very sick.
Can COVID-19 vaccines cause male fertility problems?
There’s more good news here—the answer is no.
There is no link between the Covid-19 vaccine and male infertility.
This study showed that the vaccine had no significant impact on sperm.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine backed up these findings, encouraging men who are TTC to get vaccinated.
Will the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine booster have side effects?
If you get the Covid-19 booster, it’s possible you can expect the same sort of side effects that popped up for your original doses—aches and pains, headaches, mild fever, and some swelling and pain at the injection site.
Though these symptoms can be temporarily uncomfortable, they are the result of your body building up the protection it needs to fight COVID. Think of it as a good thing!
Getting pregnant after Covid vaccine: the bottom line
Covid-19 vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or if you would like to become pregnant.
Getting vaccinated can help protect you and your baby from this virus.
As the situation continues to evolve, it’s important to follow the public health guidelines where you live.
And through all this, look after yourself. TTC can be stressful at the best of times, even without the pandemic thrown on top of it. You don’t have to do this alone.
Reach out to your Peanut community. Let’s navigate this together.
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