Is it safe to get vaccinated during pregnancy?

During your first prenatal care appointment, your doctor will discuss plenty of health issues you should know about, including vaccinations to receive during pregnancy. If you’ve ever switched doctors, you should bring your immunization record with you. The maternity specialists at Regional Medical Center of San Jose understand it can be overwhelming to keep track of so many health issues during pregnancy. We’re here for you. Let us know about the challenges you’re facing, and we’ll find workable solutions together.

Getting vaccinated before pregnancy
Vaccinations are an important consideration while planning a healthy pregnancy. If you’re unsure of whether you’ve had the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, consider scheduling a preconception check-up. Rubella is particularly dangerous during pregnancy, as it can cause miscarriage and birth defects.

Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check whether you’re immune to rubella. If not, you should have the MMR shot at least one month before getting pregnant. Unlike most vaccines, it isn’t safe to get the MMR shot while you’re with child.

Getting vaccinated during pregnancy
Certain vaccines are essential for a healthy pregnancy, including the Tdap shot. This protects you and your baby from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends that women get the Tdap shot during each of their pregnancies. It’s best given during early part of the third trimester, as this passes on some immunity to the baby. In newborns, whooping cough can be life-threatening.

Another crucial vaccine is the annual flu shot. You could get this vaccine before becoming pregnant if you’re trying to conceive during flu season. Since expecting mothers are at a higher risk of flu complications, getting the flu shot can help lower the risk of preterm birth, stillbirth and infant mortality.

Pre-register to deliver at Regional Medical Center of San Jose and gain access to our free prenatal classes. We offer childbirth classes in English and Vietnamese, child care classes in English and breastfeeding classes in English and Spanish. Call (888) 762-8881 for a physician referral and find out for yourself why our patients in San Jose love our family-centered care.

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