Vaccines help protect you and your baby against serious diseases. You probably know that when you are pregnant, you share everything with your baby. This means that when you get vaccines, you aren't just protecting yourself”you are giving your baby some early protection too.
And, did you know that your baby gets disease immunity protection from you during pregnancy? This immunity will protect your baby from some diseases during the first few months of life, but immunity decreases over time.
We recommend you to get a whooping cough and flu vaccine during each pregnancy to help protect yourself and your baby. You must start planning ahead for your safety.
There are two types of vaccines: Vaccines during Pregnancy and Vaccines Before and After Pregnancy
Vaccines during Pregnancy
Whooping cough (Pertussis):
Whooping cough can be serious for anyone, but for your newborn, it can be life-threatening. The younger the baby gets whooping cough, the more likely he or she will need to be treated in a hospital. It may be hard for you to know if your baby has whooping cough because many babies with this disease don't cough at all. Instead, it can cause them to stop breathing and turn blue.
When you get the whooping cough vaccine during your pregnancy, your body will create protective antibodies and pass some of them to your baby before birth. These antibodies will provide your baby some short-term, early protection against whooping cough.
Vaccines Before and After Pregnancy
Even before becoming pregnant, make sure you are up to date on all your vaccines. This will help protect you and your child from serious diseases. For example, rubella is a contagious disease that can be very dangerous if you get it while you are pregnant. In fact, it can cause a miscarriage or serious birth defects. The best protection against rubella is (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine, or what we call MMR nowadays. Make sure you have a pre-pregnancy blood test to see if you are immune to the disease.
Prevention is better than cure. Vaccines are miracle cure to us.
Written by: Vina Benitez, Eternus Global