So, I am 19 weeks pregnant and received my 2nd dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine yesterday. I will be very honest with you, I felt sick. So, my Dr. and the person administering my shot both said I would probably feel pretty crumby after my 2nd shot, #1 because I am under the age of 65 and #2 I am pregnant. So my immune system is just on high alert.

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Anyways, with my 1st shot, I felt really sick, head ache, body aches, joint pains, and chills. The symptoms popped up with in 2 hours of the shot and only got worse. I took Tylenol because that is what I am allowed to take as a pregnant woman. This second shot was a little different, my arm hurt and for the first 6-8 hours that is all. But then I started to experience joint pain and body aches along with chills at night time. My hip hurt AGAIN like last time, so it hurt to walk. It hurt to lay on my arm that I got the shot on and over all I just felt like I was coming down with something.

Eventually after 1 am, I fell asleep. I woke up feeling A LOT better. I feel great now at 2 pm the day after the shot. So the symptoms only seem to last 24 hours for me. My baby has been kicking and moving normally, so there are no concerns. I see my OBGYN on Wednesday, so I will hear her heart beat then again. Over all, I know people are concerned for us pregnant women who decide to get the shot during pregnancy, but I would like you to think about the women who GET covid during pregnancy and lose the baby or die . It’s a very personal choice, but my husband and I made an educated decision together. And yes I will update you all on how my baby is doing AFTER she is born.

I will remind you all that I am a high risk pregnancy, due to my age and medical history of Pre-eclampsia. So I could go into labor early and have a premature baby, AGAIN. I would not blame that on the vaccine at all. I have had that happen TWICE in the past. I am being monitored by two amazing doctors during this pregnancy.

Also, if you don’t feel comfortable getting the vaccine during pregnancy, you are NOT ALONE. A lot of us soon to be moms discuss this online and it’s a valid reason to be worried. You care not only about your own health but your unborn child’s. I did my research online and my husband and I made the decision together. I don’t regret getting it, even though I felt really sick for a day afterwards. But don’t let anyone push you into doing something you don’t want to do. You can get the shot after you give birth if you are more comfortable with that.

I am getting really excited because more of my family are getting their shots . So by the time I have my baby this summer, I am hoping that my family has a line of protection for our little girl. A wall of defense would be great.

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