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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. It’s recommended that everyone who’s had their invitation for vaccination has it.
This includes those who are trying to have a baby as well as those who are thinking about having a baby.
No. There is no evidence that any of the vaccines can affect fertility.
Yes. The vaccines offer pregnant women the best protection against Covid-19, which can be serious in later pregnancy for some women.
Yes. You can breastfeed after getting the Covid-19 vaccines.