Vaccines before getting pregnant?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Daizy914:  I just got my first flu shot in years because I am preparing to TTC. I think it’s a good idea. I felt a little off for about a day afterwards, but now I’m back to normal. I figured that I’d rather have a flu shot than risk getting the flu while pregnant.

Post # 3
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I got a flu shot after I gave birth with my first because he was an October baby and they said it would help protect him (and pass some through milk).  They wanted me to get it while pregnant, but I didn’t want to.  With my 2nd I did get the dtap while pregnant because there is evidence it gives some help with whooping cough. But I did not get anything special before getting pregnant, just kept things up to date that I needed to.

Post # 4
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I’ll suck it up and get the flu shot this year because we will be TTC in November. I’ll deal with the large, sore lump on my arm for several weeks if it means reducing my risk of having flu symptoms on top of being pregnant/extermely fatigued/nauseaous all day/peeing constantly. Otherwise, I’m already up-to-date on my vaccinations.

Post # 5
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was just wondering the same thing about getting a flu shot (preparing to ttc in december). I will be watching this thread to see what others say 🙂

Post # 6
4402 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You can wait until you get pregnant to get the flu shot if you’d normally rather not get it, but if you do get pregnant, it really is a good idea to get the flu shot. I normally don’t get it but am pregnant this year and will definitely go get it soon. 

Post # 7
8498 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I didn’t have any before getting pregnant, just the flu and tdap vaccine during my pregnancy.

I’d never had the flu shot before but I would probably get one if you are TTC during flu-months because a high fever can be very bad for pregnancies.

Post # 8
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didn’t get any vaccines before TTC (but we had done a LOT of travel leading up to TTC, so i’d received a decent amount of vaccines in the 2 years leading up to TTC). While I was pregnant I got the flu shot and towards the end of my pregnancy I had my Tdap booster.

Post # 10
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

My OBGYN suggested I get a rubella booster before we TTC, and was warned I should not get pregnant for 3 months after the booster. I really need to get on that…

Post # 11
6969 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I always get the flu shot so I assume I would still get it while pregnant.

I’m allergic to pertussis so I can’t have the whooping cough vaccine, but DH and our parents will get it (or not hold the baby, their choice).

Post # 12
2455 posts
Buzzing bee

Daizy914:  Not pregnant or anything, but just wondering; when you get the flu shot do you get the live virus or the dead virus? Just ask the nurse or whoever is doing it. Usually people get sick from the live virus but the dead one will not make you sick.

Post # 13
5533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Good for you! 99.99% of the time unless you have an allergy to vaccine ingredients, the side effects of the vaccine are minor compared to the potential illness they are given to prevent. There is a reason ugly, nasty buggies are coming back and while some like the flu shot arent always as effective, almost all medical profesionals will agree it is better to get than not. 

Post # 14
10454 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

playdohpants:  Is there a live virus flu shot now?  I thought it was only a nasal spray/mist.

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