Most unborn children remain unaffected once their mothers recover from COVID-19. However, getting COVID-19 while being pregnant increases the chances of premature delivery. The baby born may weigh less than 2.5 kg. Also, in extremely rare situations, miscarriages may happen.
Just like any other medicine or vaccine, there may be side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. These side effects are usually mild. Post-vaccination you may experience mild fever, pain at the injection site, or feel unwell for 1-3 days. On getting a fever, you can take paracetamol and rest. For pain and swelling at the injection site, you can apply ice towels for 20 mins at a time. Do not rub and avoid pressing hard while sleeping. Although long-term effects and safety have not been studied, it was seen that the benefits of the available vaccines outweigh the risks. Expert bodies like FOGSI and WHO believe that taking the COVID vaccine during pregnancy shouldn’t pose any threat for the mother or the baby because of the way these vaccines evoke immunity in the body.
Pregnant women may be at higher risk of developing COVID-19 complications if they:
– Have diabetes, chronic respiratory conditions like COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis, or have had an organ transplant
– Are above 35 years of age
– Are obese
– Have a history of clotting in limbs.