The pandemic is causing added stress for pregnant women, who are known to be at a higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness and complications. With vaccines rolling out, mothers-to-be face difficult decisions about whether to get vaccinated when there is little data available on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines in pregnant women. Still, experts say the known risks of catching COVID-19 far outweigh the theoretical risk of any harm from the vaccine. Dr. Gretchen Koontz, Obstetrix-affiliated maternal-fetal medicine specialist and medical director at Maternal-Fetal Specialists in Atlanta, recommends the COVID vaccine to all her patients. She especially stresses the need for inoculation to those with illnesses that put them at higher risks, such as diabetes or hypertension.
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