Pregnant and stepped on a rusty nail

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
5210 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Mrslovebug:  You should call your doctor, sooner than later. Not 100% chance you will have tetanus but you should have it checked out just to be safe.

Post # 4
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’d call your doctor as soon as you can. It’s probably nothing, but it doesn’t hurt to be careful, especially when pregnant!

Post # 5
897 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@Mrslovebug:  I do believe that a tetanus vaccine lasts about 10 years before you need it again, but I would definitely contact your OB to make sure. Good luck.

Post # 6
12262 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

My DH steps on rusty nails pretty frequently–Your dr will probably reccommend getting a booster!

Post # 8
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Mrslovebug:  I would definitely go to your doctor ASAP. He will likely want to give you a another tetanus shot (which is okay to get when pregnant.) Better to be on the safe side! Tetanus is NOT a good disease to get.


Post # 9
2735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@li612:  yep, if you are pregnant you should be getting TDAP unless you have some other health issues that preclude you from getting vaccinated. 

Post # 11
9696 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Mrslovebug:  I hope everything goes well! That sounds painful. Pregnant ladies don’t need anything else to worry about.

Post # 12
2843 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Mrslovebug:  Most shots only require a booster every 10 years, make sure it’s noted that they give you the shot if you get one now.  You’re not supposed to have one more than every 2 years, and they will usually give you the dTap in the hospital.  Mine was practically administered without asking me- 

Post # 13
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The other bees are right, the tetanus vaccine lasts 10 years, but if it has been more than 5 and someone is exposed to something like a rusty nail, we typically give a booster anyway. They will likely give you Tdap for the pertussis protection also (most recent guidelines from the CDC recommend women get a Tdap booster with EACH pregnancy for the pertussis protection). Of course this is all assuming you don’t have any contraindications to the vaccines or other health conditions/allergies that may play a role. (This is from my experience, I’m a pharmacist in an emergency dept). I’m glad you’re going to your doctor soon, gotta keep yourself and your little one healthy!

Post # 14
4690 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@Mrslovebug:  My dad was saying this weekend his doctor of like 50 years, in his ENTIRE LIFE, has never, ever once seen a tetanus case and that no one really keeps up with their shots. He said the doctor doesn’t even know why they require it.

Hope that makes you feel better! 

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