Pregnancy, fetal exposure, & COVID-19 Vaccines

ICWA Board and members are appalled at the callous disregard U.S. public health agencies are showing pregnant women and their unborn babies.

According to the CDC’s current guidance on Pfizer & Moderna’s investigational Emergency Use Authorization mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, “Getting vaccinated is a personal choice for people who are pregnant.” They further state: “A conversation between pregnant patients and their clinicians may help them decide whether to get vaccinated with a vaccine that has been authorized for use under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). While a conversation with a healthcare provider may be helpful, it is not required prior to vaccination.”

In WA State, the Department of Health Vaccine Advisory Committee displayed no concern at all when questioned about pregnant women asking for the COVID-19 vaccines, saying only that providing information to a registry was voluntary but would likely be appreciated by the drug companies.

What does Pfizer say to pregnant and nursing mothers? “If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, discuss your options with your healthcare provider.”

What does Moderna say to pregnant and nursing mothers? “If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, discuss your options with your healthcare provider.”

What do the FULL EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION (EUA) PRESCRIBING INFORMATION sheets, which can be downloaded from the FDA website, state about safety for pregnant women and their unborn babies?

“Available data on Pfizer-BioNTech (or Moderna) COVID-19 Vaccine administered to pregnant women are insufficient to inform vaccine-associated risks in pregnancy.”

Pfizer link: Moderna link:

If you are pregnant and considering getting either Pfizer or Moderna’s investigational mRNA vaccine, and you do consult a healthcare provider, here are some things a knowledgeable provider will know to tell you:

  • As of January 22, 2021, there had been 9,845 adverse reactions and 329 deaths reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
  • Report of a pregnancy loss. “I was 28 weeks and 5 days pregnant when I received the first dose of the COVID19 vaccine. Two days later (12/25/2020 in the afternoon), I noticed decreased motion of the baby. The baby was found to not have a heartbeat in the early am on 12/26/2020 and I delivered a 2lb 7oz nonviable female fetus at 29 weeks gestation. I was 35 years old at the time of the fetal demise and the only pregnancy history for this pregnancy included a velamentous cord insertion that was being closely monitored by a high risk OB. My estimated due was March 12, 2021.”
  • mRNA vaccines are highly reactogenic – they will cause maternal immune activation (MIA). Injection with the vaccine will lead to inflammation and symptoms such as fever, pain, headaches, body aches, vomiting, and more, in a high percentage of recipients, especially after the second dose.  
  • Maternal immune activation (MIA) will affect your baby.  Scientists who study MIA are well aware that inflammation during pregnancy increases the risk of autism in the offspring.  
  • To induce autism-like effects in research animals, scientists use an inflammatory substance that resembles the effects of an infection. One such substance is an endotoxin called lipopolysaccharide (LPS).    
  • LPS can be present in mRNA vaccines.  LPS comes from bacteria, such as E. coli.  The first step in the mRNA vaccine production is preparing a DNA template in E. coli.  This bacterial LPS can be easily carried over into the final vaccine product, because it is very difficult to get rid of during the manufacturing process.  Some batches may have more of it than others. The person administering the vaccine has no way of knowing how much, if any, LPS is in the needle.
  • In addition to its negative neurodevelopmental effects on the offspring, LPS, when present in high enough amounts, can activate the immune system to induce a miscarriage or premature birth.  This effect of LPS has been shown in experiments with rodents, as well as observed in veterinary medicine, where an LPS-containing vaccine batch administered to pregnant sows resulted in loss of pregnancy. 
  • Life-threatening anaphylaxis reactions are happening to recipients who had no history of being allergic to the vaccine ingredients. The CDC has now said that the mRNA vaccines are contraindicated for anyone with an allergy to either polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polysorbate.
  • A severe allergic reaction is very dangerous to mother and baby. “Anaphylaxis during pregnancy, labor, and delivery can be catastrophic for the mother and, especially, the infant.”
  • The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are delivered in lipid nanoparticles. The risk to the baby from lipid nanoparticles is still not known, but animal studies show reason for concern. From a 2017 paper: “Although many studies have demonstrated the toxicology of nanoparticles in various species, only a small number of studies have examined the effect on a fetus after maternal exposure to nanoparticles. This is particularly important, because the developing fetus is especially vulnerable to the toxic effects of nanoparticles during fetal development due to the unique physical stage of the fetus. Nanoparticles may directly or indirectly impair fetal development and growth after maternal exposure to nanoparticles.” (emphasis added)

“Fetal development is a crucial window of susceptibility in which exposure may lead to detrimental health outcomes at birth and later in life. The placenta serves as a gatekeeper between mother and fetus. . . . This systematic review shows that (i) (ultra)fine particles and engineered nanoparticles can bypass the placenta and reach fetal units as observed for all the applied models. . . .”

What can you safely do to protect yourself from COVID-19 during pregnancy

First, try not to worry. Know that all the data is showing that the risk of COVID-19 to pregnant women, while potentially higher than non-pregnant women, is still low. Like any viral infection experienced during pregnancy, the milder the infection, the less risk to mother and child. A new NIH-funded study showed transmission to newborns is rare.

There are pro-active steps you can take to stay healthy and protect both you and your baby. We recommend finding a holistic health care practitioner knowledgable about pregnancy and viruses to guide you through safe options to protect you both. These options may include ensuring you are consuming the right amount of nutrients to keep you and your baby in optimal health. Talk to your practitioner about the various treatment options to learn which are safe during pregnancy so that if you develop symptoms, you’ll be prepared and be able to take immediate steps to prevent severe disease symptoms.

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