According to research, breast milk can also benefit them through antibodies
Washington— Emerging research shows that pregnant women who receive the coronavirus vaccine will not only get protective antibodies against the coronavirus, but they can also transmit immunity to their babies.
Several preliminary studies have shown that the cord blood of women receiving mRNA vaccines (from Pfizer or Moderna) during pregnancy contains antibodies against COVID-19. Another study also tested antibodies in breast milk, which showed that at least some immunity can be transferred to babies before and after birth.
Duke University Vice President of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Quality Brenna Hughes said that several recent studies (not yet peer-reviewed) are “the first to show that our hope is correct, and that these vaccines may have potential meaning. Through delivery to the fetus Antibodies protect.”
“Therefore, concerns about possible risks and damage can prove to be the opposite. In fact, it can be shown that vaccines can actually protect the developing fetus,” Hughes said. She did not participate in the research.
Vaccine research is expanding. This is good news for children, pregnant women, and seniors over 65.
Researchers have seen that pregnant women who have recovered from the disease covid-19 caused by the coronavirus can pass on their natural immunity to their babies. But the observation that vaccine-induced antibodies can reach the fetus through umbilical cord blood, while newborns can reach the fetus through breast milk, this is a new discovery that may have broader significance in fighting the virus.
A study published this month studied more than 130 vaccinated women, of whom 84 were pregnant and 31 were breastfed. The study found that the immune response of these women to the vaccine was similar to that of non-pregnant women, indicating that the vaccine was equally effective for them.
The study also showed that among the 10 women who gave birth during the study period, all had detectable antibodies in their cord blood, and almost all lactating women had antibodies in their breast milk. A woman who has received only one or two doses of the vaccine at birth also has antibodies in the umbilical cord, but fewer than women who have been fully vaccinated.