COVID-19: Pregnancy, Birthing and Bringing Baby Home
Updated June 29th, 2020
Having a baby during the COVID-19 pandemic can feel stressful, and it is natural to worry. If you have question about COVID-19 and:
- how to protect yourself during pregnancy
- going to your prenatal and postpartum appointments
- labour, delivery and designated support people
- feeding your baby
- bringing baby home
- Click here to find out the answers.
Did you know it’s safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine while you are pregnant or breast/chestfeeding?
Evidence shows that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe to get during pregnancy and will not harm your unborn baby. COVID- 19 vaccines:
- are recommended at any stage in pregnancy.
- are very effective at reducing the risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death
- can help prevent pregnancy complications for parent and baby.
- decreases the risk that you will develop COVID-19 and expose your baby.
It is also safe to get the vaccine while breastfeeding. Evidence shows that antibodies are passed through breast milk which may protect your baby from COVID-19.
It is recommended that people who are born on or before December 31, 2009 be vaccinated. See COVID-19 Vaccine: Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Individuals and talk to your health care provider at your next prenatal appointment. To find out more about the vaccine and where to get it, click here.