Georgia and Alabama mothers share their regret on not getting the vaccine

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Amanda Harrison holds her baby, Lake, outside her mother’s home in Phenix City, Ala., on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Harrison was put on a ventilator and later life support after becoming ill with COVID-19 in her third trimester of pregnancy. Doctors delivered Lake at 32 weeks and put Harrison on a type of life support called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to save her. Harrison, who was unvaccinated, is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Two women from Georgia and Alabama who contracted COVID-19 during their pregnancies are urging other pregnant women to get vaccinated.

Kyndal Nipper of Midland, Georgia lost her baby in the final weeks of pregnancy after a seemingly mild case of COVID-19.

Nipper suffered a stillbirth after becoming ill with COVID-19 in her third trimester, holds an ultrasound image of the son she lost while standing outside her home on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

Nipper, who was unvaccinated, is encouraging women to get vaccinated. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

Amanda Harrison had to be put on a ventilator and her baby was delivered two months early.

Harrison holds her baby, Lake, outside her mother’s home in Phenix City, Alabama, on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.

Harrison was put on a ventilator and later life support after becoming ill with COVID-19 in her third trimester of pregnancy.

Doctors delivered Lake at 32 weeks and put Harrison on a type of life support called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to save her. Harrison, who was unvaccinated, is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

Pregnant women weren’t included in studies that led to emergency authorization of vaccines, so initial guidance stopped short of fully recommending vaccinations for them.

But after seeing an alarming number of pregnant women become seriously ill with the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an urgent advisory recommending they get the shots.

The Associated Press contributed to this post.

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