The Vaccinations you get before and during Pregnancy

Motherhood is god’s gift to women. Only women can feel the beauty and richness of being pregnant. Pregnancy is amazing and everyone.., your mother, grandmother and friends give you tips and suggestions. It is very important to think about vaccinations and you should be up to date on routine vaccines before you conceive. This will help protect you and your child. Remember to avoid live vaccines within a month before conception and during pregnancy. Inactivated vaccines may be given at any time before or during pregnancy. It is better to discuss with your doctor about vaccinations before and during pregnancy.

Before and during pregnancy.

Before and during pregnancy.

Before pregnancy:-

There are certain vaccines that are not advisable to give to a woman who is pregnant.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): This vaccine should be given a month or more before pregnancy. Rubella infection in pregnant women can cause serious birth defects to unborn babies or even die before birth.

Most people were vaccinated as children with MMR. If you are not sure whether you are immune to this disease or not, your doctor will confirm with a blood test. If you need to get vaccinated for rubella, you should avoid becoming pregnant until your immunity is confirmed by a blood test.

HPV: This vaccine is also not recommended during pregnancy. Girls from the age 9 to 26 can take this vaccine.

Chickenpox (varicella): Chickenpox in early pregnancy can cause severe deformities to unborn baby. Vaccination during pregnancy can cause miscarriage. Discuss with your doctor about this vaccine. He will do some tests and recommend if require.

Before or during pregnancy:-

DPT vaccine:
Pregnant women should receive a dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) during each pregnancy; it is preferable to take at 27 through 36 weeks to protect yourself and your baby.

DPT vaccine

DPT vaccine

Influenza (flu):
Pregnant women with influenza can cause serious health problems for their unborn babies. It may lead to premature delivery. This vaccine is safe and important. It can be given before or during pregnancy. Make sure it is inactivated flu vaccine. You should avoid the nasal flu vaccine (made up of live virus).

Following vaccines should be avoided in pregnancy, except for those who are at high risk with the doctor’s recommendation.

Hepatitis B: It is a serious liver disease that can lead to chronic infection. This may result in liver damage and sometimes liver cancer also. If a pregnant woman has hepatitis B, the baby has at high risk for becoming infected. Pregnant women should get tested for hepatitis B and should be vaccinated if required.

Vaccines for Travel: If you are planning for traveling during pregnancy, you should talk to your doctor at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to your trip.
There are some other vaccines such as Pneumococcal, Yellow fever, Cholera, Rabies, Meningococcal, Japanese encephalitis, Typhoid, Haemophilus influenzae b vaccines might be taken under the guidance of infectious diseases specialist based on your personal and professional requirements. It is better to know about vaccination. It is good for you and your baby also.

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