Covid-19 increases the risk of still birth and giving birth prematurely, as well as the risk of pre-eclampsia.
Director if Midwifery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Susan Gibson, said: “We do understand that some women are concerned about having the vaccine when pregnant but want to reassure them that not only will it not harm their baby, it will actually protect both them and their baby from the serious effects that COVID-19 can cause.
"All the evidence has shown that it is safe to have the vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy or when you are trying to conceive so if you are pregnant and haven’t had your first or second dose, please book an appointment as soon as possible.”
The vaccine was not routinely offered to pregnant women at first but as further data became available, the JCVI was able to review this and confirmed that the vaccine was both safe and effective to take in pregnancy.
This is supported by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives, which have both recommended vaccinations as one of the best defences for pregnant women against severe COVID-19 infection
Susan Gibson added: “I really can’t stress enough how important it is to get the vaccine if you are pregnant to protect both you and your baby.
"There has been a lot of misinformation about the vaccines, especially around pregnancy and concieving so if you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your midwife or GP to make sure you get accurate information.”
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