Recent studies have shown the COVID-19 vaccines not only protect expecting mothers from the virus but also their babies. Dr. Fatima SharifMohamed with CentraCare says they are encouraging expecting mothers to get vaccinated as researchers have found antibodies in the umbilical cord from vaccinated mothers:

SharifMohamed says pregnant women who are not vaccinated are at higher risk for severe illness if they get COVID, which they have seen at St. Cloud Hospital. She says they always recommend pregnant women speak with their doctor about all the risks and benefits to help make the best choice for them.