Information on fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding and the Covid-19 vaccines

Whether you’re trying for a baby, a parent-to-be or new parent, the wellbeing and welfare of your baby is vital.

That’s why it’s important to protect yourself against Covid-19.

You can be vaccinated if:

  • You’re pregnant or think you might be
  • You’re breastfeeding
  • You’re trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future

The first dose vaccine will give you good protection. You need the second dose to get longer lasting protection.

Although the overall risk from the virus in pregnant women and their new babies is low, in later pregnancy some women may become seriously unwell and need hospital treatment.

Pregnant women with Covid-19 have a higher risk of admission to an intensive care unit than women of the same age who are not pregnant. They are also 2-3 times more likely to have their babies early than women without the virus. Pregnant women with underlying clinical conditions are at even higher risk of suffering serious complications from Covid-19.

There is no evidence that the vaccines have any effect on fertility or your chances of becoming pregnant.

If you would like to discuss Covid-19 vaccination please contact your midwife, doctor, or nurse.

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Page last updated 1 March 2023