Pregnancy is a time when you and your baby need all the protection you can get.
Vaccinations during pregnancy will give protection to both mother and baby.
When you are vaccinated, your body will create protective antibodies that will pass to your baby before birth. This will provide protection to your baby after he/she is born.
You can also provide indirect protection to your baby by making sure everyone who is around your baby is up-to-date with their vaccinations.
Recommended vaccinations for pregnant women:
TetanusWhooping Cough (Pertussis) – you need this vaccination (Tdap) during each of your pregnancy usually between 27 and 36 weeks into your pregnancy. This is given to boost maternal immunity which then helps protect your newborn baby from pertussis. (whooping cough).
Influenza – you will need this vaccine for each flu season. Pregnant women are more prone to severe illness from flu. Pregnant women with flu also have a greater chance for serious problems for their unborn baby, including premature labor and delivery. Therefore, women who are pregnant during influenza season are recommended to receive the annual flu vaccine.
Others – your doctor may recommend others depending on your health