During pregnancy Vaccination helps to protect you and your baby against serious diseases. Vaccine is a biological preparation which basically provides active acquired immunity to a particular disease.
Because as a pregnant women you share everything with your baby, so through Vaccination you are giving some early protection to your unborn baby.
During pregnancy to protect yourself and your baby CDC recommends basically 2 vaccines are recommended for pregnant women. Such as
- The Flu (influenza) vaccine – This vaccine should be given during the 1st or 2nd trimester of your pregnancy.
- The Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis) vaccine – It should be given when you are 27 to 36 weeks pregnant to guard against whooping cough.
Vaccine Safety Before, During and After Pregnancy
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has guidelines for the vaccines of women to secure their pregnancy. Some vaccines like measles, rubella (MMR) vaccine, mumps, should be given a month or more before pregnancy. To be secure from whooping cough you should get the Tdap vaccine. During your pregnancy, by depending on whether or not it is flu season, you can get the flu vaccine before or during your pregnancy. You should receive vaccines just right after giving birth and even you are breastfeeding, because it is safe for you. Before getting vaccinated, you should be sure to discuss each vaccine with your healthcare professional
Vaccination During Pregnancy
Whooping cough (Pertussis): It can be serious for anyone, but it can be life-threatening for your newborn. In the United State, each year up to 20 babies die due to whooping cough. Many babies with this disease don’t cough at all, as a result it may be hard for you to know whether your baby has whooping cough or not. And this disease can cause them to stop breathing and turn blue.
So you should get the whooping cough vaccine during your pregnancy. As a result your baby will create protective antibodies and pass some of them to your baby before birth. And this antibodies will provides your baby some short-term early protection against whooping cough.
Flue: During pregnancy you could be more likely to get seriously ill from the flue. And it may be create changes in your immune, heart and lung functions. And it also increases your chances for serious problems for your developing baby, including premature delivery and labor.
During pregnancy, every women should take the Flu vaccine, because it is the best way to protect yourself and your baby for several months after birth from flu-related complications.
Hepatitis B: During pregnancy, if you have hepatitis B then you will be at highest risk of becoming infected with hepatitis B during delivery. So you need to talk to your healthcare professional about getting tested for hepatitis B, to get the permission whether or not you should get vaccinated.
Vaccines for Travel: If you are planning an international travel, during your pregnancy, at least 4 to 6 weeks before you should talk to your health care to discuss any precautions or vaccines that may need.
Additional Vaccines: If you have a history of chronic liver disease, your healthcare may recommend the hepatitis A vaccine. And if you work in a lab and if you are travelling to a country from where you may be exposed to meningococcal vaccine.