If you love babies and real scientific evidence, you’d better love covid shots. New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Covid-19 Response Team finds that pregnant women with covid-19 are more likely to suffer stillbirths, especially with the rise of the Delta variant:
Among 1,249,634 deliveries during March 2020–September 2021, stillbirths were rare (8,154; 0.65%): 273 (1.26%) occurred among 21,653 deliveries to women with COVID-19 documented at the delivery hospitalization, and 7,881 (0.64%) occurred among 1,227,981 deliveries without COVID-19. The adjusted risk for stillbirth was higher in deliveries with COVID-19 compared with deliveries without COVID-19 during March 2020–September 2021 (adjusted relative risk [aRR] = 1.90; 95% CI = 1.69–2.15), including during the pre-Delta (aRR = 1.47; 95% CI = 1.27–1.71) and Delta periods (aRR = 4.04; 95% CI = 3.28–4.97). COVID-19 documented at delivery was associated with increased risk for stillbirth, with a stronger association during the period of Delta variant predominance. Implementing evidence-based COVID-19 prevention strategies, including vaccination before or during pregnancy, is critical to reducing the impact of COVID-19 on stillbirths [Carla L. DeSisto, Bailey Wallace, Regina M. Simeone, et al., “Risk for Stillbirth Among Women with and Without Covid-19 at Delivery Hospitalization—United States, March 2020–September 2021,” CDC: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 2021.11.19].
The CDC continues to recommend pregnant women get the covid-19 vaccine to protect themselves and their babies. The CDC (as well as Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Mayo Clinic, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists…) says there is still no evidence that any covid-19 vaccine causes adverse pregnancy-related outcomes.