Covid vaccines do NOT increase risk of miscarriage, two new studies find

COVID vaccines don’t increase the risk of miscarriage in pregnant women, two news studies have found.

Medics hope the findings will convince women currently on the fence about getting the jab.

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Pregnant women are not at any greater risk of miscarriage from a Covid jab, a study found[/caption]

Pregnant women are at a greater risk of severe disease or death from Covid, but many have been hesitant to have the vaccine.

A previous study, from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, found women giving birth while infected were 5.7 times more likely to end up in ICU.

And around 0.1 per cent of mums with the virus died, compared to 0.01 per cent without Covid.

One of the new studies from the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) found the miscarriage rate in women who had a Covid jab is 12.8 percent, within the normal range.

“These findings add to accumulating evidence that mRNA Covid-19 vaccines during pregnancy are safe,” the CDC team wrote.  

The second new research looked at vaccine safety data, before publishing the findings in JAMA.

Out of 105,000 pregnant patients between December 2020 and June 28, 2021, 14.3 per cent had one Covid vaccine.

The team discovered women who had got their shots at the same time made up eight per cent of ongoing pregnancies and 8.6 per cent of miscarriages.

That indicates those who suffered miscarriages didn’t have higher odds after having their vaccinations.

Lead author Dr Elyse Kharbanda, a senior investigator at HealthPartners Institute, said: “Our data adds to a growing body of research that should give pregnant people confidence to get vaccinated against Covid-19, if they haven’t already.

‘It’s especially important for pregnant people to protect themselves against the virus because Covid-19 infections may impact them more severely and lead to birth complications.”

Data shows that vaccines are both highly safe and effective for pregnant women and mum’s-to-be have been urged to come forward for their jabs.

Around 98 per cent of women who ended up in hospital with the bug have not been jabbed.

Health chiefs have also urged pregnant women to get their vaccination.

Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: “We recommend vaccination in pregnancy as it’s the most effective way of protecting women and their babies from severe illness and premature birth.

“We are concerned that increasing rates of Covid-19 infection will adversely impact pregnant women. Of the pregnant women in hospital with Covid-19 last week, 95 per cent were unvaccinated.

“We hope this reassuring data will help those undecided consider taking up the offer of a vaccine.”

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