Ones For Wellness: Study Says Pregnant Women More Susceptible To COVID-19

Pregnant women are more likely to be hospitalized and far more likely to die of COVID-19 than their peers, according to a new study.

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- A new study finds that pregnant women are more likely to get a COVID infection. All the more reason doctors say women should consider vaccines or other infection prevention methods. Brooke Katz has the story in today's Ones for Wellness.

- Both Pfizer and Moderna have not tested the vaccine specifically on pregnant women. Pfizer only recently began its trial. And so in the absence of hard data on side effects, many women are confused on what to do.

ALISON PASCIUCCO: Pregnancy itself is that risk factor. And so these pregnant women need to really consider protecting themselves.

- Dr. Alison Pasciucco says her big concern is still COVID infection in pregnant and lactating women.

ALISON PASCIUCCO: We know that pregnant women are at higher risk of being hospitalized, put in the ICUs, getting intubated. So there is a real risk there.

- So is the vaccine safe for these women?

ALISON PASCIUCCO: Overall, you know, we feel it is very safe for pregnant women and breastfeeding women to get this vaccine.

- Dr. Pasciucco says it still remains a personal decision, but doctors are confident in the science behind the research.

ALISON PASCIUCCO: All of the information we have about how the vaccines function, there's no biologic understanding that they would have negative impacts on mom or baby. We give out many other vaccines in pregnancy that do very well.

- Last week, the CDC analysis of adverse events in pregnant women found minor side effects such as soreness, fatigue, headache, and chills. Medical experts have also debunked myths on infertility. Dr. Pasciucco says women need to evaluate risks and benefits.

ALISON PASCIUCCO: We don't have hard data for you. But every understanding we do have of how these vaccines work and of giving out other vaccines and pregnancy has given us absolutely no hesitation or belief that we're waiting for something bad to happen.

- Brooke Katz, CBS11 News.

- Well, Dr. Allison says talk to your doctor if you do have concerns or any questions. If you choose not to take the vaccine, make sure you are taking all the other precautions so that you do not get infected.