The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says COVID-19 vaccinations should not be withheld from pregnant women, and that women should discuss individual risks and benefits with their health care providers.
The US government's emergency authorisation for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines being rolled out for priority groups doesn't list pregnancy as a reason to withhold the shots.
But the OB-GYN group says women should consult their doctors, since COVID-19 vaccines have not yet been tested in pregnant women. Evidence about safety and effectiveness is reassuring from studies that inadvertently included some women who didn't know they were pregnant when they enrolled.
More answers are expected from upcoming research, including a study by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech expected to start early this year that will include pregnant women.
Experts say there's no reason to think the two authorised vaccines would harm foetuses. They might even protect them from developing COVID-19, although that hasn't yet been proven, said Dr. Denise Jamieson, chair of gynaecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine.
That thinking comes in part from experience with vaccines for influenza and whooping cough, which are approved for use in pregnancy and protect newborns and their mothers from developing those diseases.
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The year gone by has been a challenging one. The coronavirus pandemic triggered feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and loss of life and livelihood. The world over, people struggled to hold themselves and their families together.
Amidst this pall of doom, there was some cheer as celebrities across the world of sports, showbiz and entertainment welcomed their tiniest members. From the youngest Reliance heir to Elon Musk's seventh son, several couples announced new beginnings.
Here's a round-up of all celebrity babies who entered the world against a pandemic backdrop.