Post # 1
Hey bees who want to TTC soon (or are TTC now, I guess)
So all the time we talk about how can we prep for TTC blablablabla. I’m not gonna go over that, y’all know how to google.
Here’s one that, despite the fact I’ve been TTC for a year now and an am avid googler & reader I did not find out/think about until today: Rubella is kind of a big deal, and your immunity can wear off.
I don’t know if no one ever said it to me, or if I just read “make sure you’re vaccinated”, checked my vaccination records, and was like “k Im good” and moved on. I was vaccinated for MMR twice, so I would have figured I was fine. Heck–I got a green card just last year (which checks your vaccination records and/or immunity for a small assortment of illnesses) so obviously even the federal govt was like “k cool she’s good”. Well I got my blood assay back today: I am no longer immune.
Why is this an issue? Rubella can cause miscarriage or birth defects, if you are infected while pregnant. And you should not TTC for 30 days from the time of vaccination because it’s a live vaccine and again, can seriously harm the fetus. Now I know most of y’all are like “30 days is NBD” but as most ladies who are TTC know–once you’re ready to TTC every extra day is kind of agonizing.
So anyway, whatever, NBD, it’s one month. But if you’ve got a month before you’re starting anyway, go get your immunization checked and/or just go ahead and get a booster shot.
Post # 2
This a great Public Service Announcement. Responding to bump it up.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
Solid advice, I had no idea 🤗💜
Post # 4
My doc actually tested my immunity to these things at my pre-conception appointment but honestly, not everyone goes to one of those. I would have had no clue! Good info to share!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK
I’m seeing an RE today (UK time, I’m an insomniac) so I had to have a load of tests done before I see him. No longer immune to Rubella. I’m going to talk to him about it. Thanks for the PSA!
My cousin got mumps at the age of 38 and it was brutal. I don’t think everyone is aware that the jabs only last for a certain number of years. I had to read up on it and felt really dumb.
Post # 6
sunshineglam : I went to one!! I’m like pretty POd at my OBGYN. My RE tested me on Friday. Now I get to decide whether to wait a month before starting with the prescription that’s sitting on my desk (and also commit to paying my maximum insurance co-pay all over again next year–as it’d ensure I’d be due in 2019) or if I want to just risk it. I am not a happy camper!
Post # 7
EllyAnne : Yep, in the disneyland outbreak at least 5 ppl who got measles had had the MMR vaccine twice! Many others had had it once. That was measles, but you know: similar story.
Post # 8
What the heck, I even had a preconception visit with my new OBGYN place and they didn’t say anything about this. Shoulda known that you would be a better source of information than just some random OBGYN.
And thanks to all the anti-vaxxer crazies, this is something that people actually have to worry about again….
Post # 9
KittyYogi : FWIW… maybe. Rubella is, at the moment, still not considered endemic in the US. It was technically eliminated from the US in 2004, and since 2012 there have been no cases of Rubella contracted in the US.
That’s part of what makes the whole waiting 30 days thing that much more agonizing.
And lol ty for giving me credit, but this one goes all to my RE. I *wish* I’d found this doing some sort of research… If I’d gotten the news even a week ago I’d have been much less upset. I literally filled my Femara prescription Saturday and have it sitting on my desk.
Well, there’s always the chance I wind up with a BFP this cycle and then it’s out of my hands…
Post # 10
Never heard of this, either way sounds like good info to pass on!
Post # 11
Ugh, I feel for you. I was immunized as a child and just figured all was well. Never knew it wore off. OB never mentioned it either! Then it came up in my RE blood workup and she would not proceed unless I got revaccinated. That was definitely an agonizing cycle bc you just want to start!!!
Post # 12
Great advice! With both of my pregnancies, my docs had me tested for immunity to rubella at my intake appointment…you know, AFTER I was already pregnant. Thanks a lot, docs….
Post # 13
Great Public Service Announcement lady! Thank you. I’ll have to remember this if we decide to try for another.
Is it advised to get it every time you’re TTC since pos/neg might not mean a whole lot?
Post # 14
MsPlucky : why did you get a TDAP booster pre pregnancy? You’re supposed to get it WHILE pregnant to give some immunity to the baby since whooping cough is deadly for infants (and making a comeback).
Post # 15
MsPlucky : well unless your two babies have a huuge age gap you’ll probably still have your immunity. 😛