Vaccination before Pregnancy
on Nov 26, 2012
by Alyssia Granger
There are several vaccinations that are important to not only your health but also the health of the baby that you are going to be trying for as well. Find out more about vaccinations before pregnancy.
It might be something that you might not think about before trying for a baby, but you should take the time to make sure that you are up to date on your vaccinations and that there are not any vaccinations that you might need before getting pregnant. There are several vaccinations that are important to not only your health but also the health of the baby that you are going to be trying for as well! There are illnesses that you can get during pregnancy and you want to make sure that you are protected from those and that your baby-to-be is protected as well. Today we are going to talk about a few of the vaccines that you need to talk with your doctor about before you decide to try to get pregnant. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The Hepatitis B Vaccine is one of the most important vaccines to talk with your doctor about getting before pregnancy or when trying to become pregnant. The Hep B vaccine is especially important if you are a health care worker or similar career where you might come into contact with blood or other bodily fluids. Hepatitis B is not just dangerous for you; it can also be passed onto your unborn baby as well. Hepatitis B during pregnancy can cause defects and premature births as well. It is safe to get the Hep B vaccines while you are pregnant, so you don’t have to make sure that you get all three shots before becoming pregnant. Talk with your doctor and see if this vaccine is one that you need to think about getting before getting pregnant.
The Tdap vaccine stands for tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis. We all need a tetanus booster shot every ten years to make sure we are safe from the disease. Tetanus can be a very dangerous disease for adults, but it can also be harmful and very dangerous to babies as well. Tetanus in a pregnant woman is likely to cause serious complications for an unborn baby also. This is also a smart shot to get if you haven’t had one in awhile, just for the protection from pertussis (whooping cough). Whooping cough is usually not very dangerous for grown ups, but can really be harmful and sometimes even fatal for babies. By getting the Tdap vaccine before pregnancy, you can protect not only your baby but yourself as well.
The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella, and it is a very important one to make sure that you get before conceiving. Measles, mumps and rubella are all very harmful to newborns, and can even cause birth defects and complications if you get them while you are pregnant. Your doctor will probably want to give you a blood test to see if you are still immune to these diseases if you have had a vaccination for them earlier in life. The effects of the vaccine can wear off the older you get, so it is important to find out whether or not you are protected. Also, be sure to wait at least a month after you get vaccinated before trying to conceive to avoid complications.
Ask your doctor to see whether or not you should have a chicken pox (varicella) vaccine before trying to conceive. If you didn’t have chicken pox as a child, it could be much harsher on your body as an adult. Even worse, getting chicken pox while pregnant could be a real problem for your unborn baby as well. The chicken pox vaccine comes in two doses,and you should try to avoid getting pregnant before you have completed both doses just to be the safest.
The flu shot is very important to get if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Being pregnant and having the flu can really have a bad effect on your body, much worse than getting the flu while you are not pregnant. You can ask your doctor if you have any additional questions about the flu shot and whether or not you need one. Most experts suggest getting a flu shot each and every year to cover the latest strains of the virus.
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.