Doctor says pregnant moms getting vaccinated could protect their babies

In July and August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced about 1,000 pregnant women a week were testing positive for COVID-19. The CDC said only 30% of pregnant women nationwide are vaccinated against COVID-19. Couples planning to expand their families are taking these statistics into consideration. Michelle and Adrian Miller said a pandemic pregnancy has been full of tough decisions. KCCI’s Alyx Sacks spoke with the family about whether Michelle should get the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant. “I’m excited, but it’s hard because of this pandemic that’s going on, you can’t do whatever you want,” said Michelle Miller. Adrian Miller said the amount of information available both for and against was overwhelming at first. Then their OBGYN recommend the vaccine so they went for it. Dr. Neil Mandsager, maternal fetal medicine physician with MercyOne Des Moines, wholeheartedly makes the same recommendation to his patients. “All the evidence points to the fact that if you want to do what’s best for your baby, get the vaccine,” Mandsager said. Mandsager has had to deliver babies early to moms who become very sick with COVID-19. It was a life-saving decision for mom and baby. “It’s obviously going to put that baby at significant risk of prematurity or even death if it’s not even viable yet,” Mandsager said. There’s also the post-birth health of the newborn to consider.”It’s more reassuring that the baby will have some of the vaccine also,” said Adrian Miller. Mandsager said the vaccine only stays in your body for a few days at best. So the vaccine itself doesn’t travel through the placenta. But the antibodies the vaccine creates to fight the virus do, giving your little one a dose of protection. “I just want our baby to be healthy. That’s all I want it to be,” Michelle Miller said. Sacks spoke with a few expecting moms who didn’t want to go on camera about their choice not to vaccinate. Their resounding issue for them was the fear of the unknown. In that case, the best advice is to talk to your doctor.

In July and August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced about 1,000 pregnant women a week were testing positive for COVID-19.

The CDC said only 30% of pregnant women nationwide are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Couples planning to expand their families are taking these statistics into consideration.

Michelle and Adrian Miller said a pandemic pregnancy has been full of tough decisions. KCCI’s Alyx Sacks spoke with the family about whether Michelle should get the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant.

“I’m excited, but it’s hard because of this pandemic that’s going on, you can’t do whatever you want,” said Michelle Miller.

Adrian Miller said the amount of information available both for and against was overwhelming at first. Then their OBGYN recommend the vaccine so they went for it.

Dr. Neil Mandsager, maternal fetal medicine physician with MercyOne Des Moines, wholeheartedly makes the same recommendation to his patients.

“All the evidence points to the fact that if you want to do what’s best for your baby, get the vaccine,” Mandsager said.

Mandsager has had to deliver babies early to moms who become very sick with COVID-19. It was a life-saving decision for mom and baby.

“It’s obviously going to put that baby at significant risk of prematurity or even death if it’s not even viable yet,” Mandsager said.

There’s also the post-birth health of the newborn to consider.

“It’s more reassuring that the baby will have some of the vaccine also,” said Adrian Miller.

Mandsager said the vaccine only stays in your body for a few days at best. So the vaccine itself doesn’t travel through the placenta. But the antibodies the vaccine creates to fight the virus do, giving your little one a dose of protection.

“I just want our baby to be healthy. That’s all I want it to be,” Michelle Miller said.

Sacks spoke with a few expecting moms who didn’t want to go on camera about their choice not to vaccinate. Their resounding issue for them was the fear of the unknown. In that case, the best advice is to talk to your doctor.

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