Vaccination during pregnancy

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Vaccination during pregnancy

Vaccination during pregnancy

Pregnancy requires utmost care of the expecting mother as well as the unborn baby. Expecting mothers should be careful about their diet and their health to ensure the baby is getting required nutrition. Apart from the diet, an expecting mother should follow disciplined regime for vaccination during pregnancy to ensure both baby and mother are safe from diseases! That is why, Doctors always say

“Prevention is Better than Cure!”

And it is strongly recommended; pregnant women should never take any medicine/ vaccine without doctor’s prescription. Always consult your doctor before taking any form of medication, even if it is for regular cold/flu!

Why do you require Vaccination?

  • Vaccinations protect you and your growing baby from various infections. This protection is passed on to your baby during pregnancy which protects the baby during the first few weeks of his/her infant life until his/her own vaccinations get started.
  • Vaccination is also crucial for safer future pregnancies.

Which Vaccines are safer ?

Always consult your doctor before administering any form of Medication or Vaccines.

  • Hepatitis B:  To protect you and your baby from both during and after pregnancy infections.  It is a sequence of three doses to increase immunity. It is recommended for those pregnant women who are at a risk of this disease.
  • Influenza (Inactivated):  Every pregnant woman during the flu season should get this vaccine. Speak to your doctor if this applies to you.
  • Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis) : it  is offered  between 27 and 36 weeks of gestation, to protect the baby from severe cough. If not administered during pregnancy, Tdap should be administered at once after the birth of your little one.

Can a Vaccine harm your unborn baby?

Numerous vaccines, particularly live-virus vaccines, are not offered to pregnant women, as they can hurt unborn. A few vaccines might be given in the second or third trimester of pregnancy, only if doctor find their requirement.

Which vaccines should you avoid?

The following vaccines may cause miscarriage, premature birth or some form of birth defects in the baby and should be avoided:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella
  • Pneumococcal
  • Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV)
  • HPV Vaccine                                                                                                                                                                    

If you have taken any of these vaccines before pregnancy, then you should evade getting pregnant at least for one month.

Vaccination is a serious matter and you should “Always consult your doctor about vaccinations required before/during or after pregnancy.

Share this information with someone who is expecting and is unaware about the importance of vaccination during pregnancy!

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