COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy: What you need to know

marcom@healthxchange.com.sg (healthxchange.sg)
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HealthXchange.sg by SingHealth shares COVID-19 vaccination considerations for preganancy, breastfeeding and if you are planning for a family.

​If you are
currently pregnant

​MOH recommends that you do not receive the vaccine yet, until more data on vaccine safety and efficacy in pregnant women is available. You may choose to receive the vaccine after delivery.

Read more: Get the complete 40-week pregnancy guide from KK Women's and Children's Hospital


​If you are
currently breastfeeding

MOH recommends women who are breastfeeding and opt for vaccination to consider suspending breastfeeding for 5 to 7 days post-vaccination as a precautionary measure.

The KK Women's and Children's Hospital Milk Bank provides options for breast feeding mums to ensure a consistent supply of breastmilk for their babies.

Read more: Breastfeeding mom - Are there foods you should eat and avoid?


​If you are
planning for a family

​If you are concerned about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine's effects on fertility, there is no evidence or theroretical reason that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine can affect the fertility of women or men.

Pregnant women with symptoms of COVID-19 are two or three times more likely to give birth to their baby prematurely. Hence it is advisable for women to be vaccinated before planning for a family.

You are also advised to consider deferring conception for 1 month after completing the second dose. If you become pregnant after the first dose and before the second dose, you should postpone the second dose until after delivery.

For more details about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the GOV.sg What you should know about the COVID-19 vaccine


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