Post # 1
I went to see my doctor for my annual physical. I told her that we are TTC she gave me the shot for Pertissus (sp) and suggested that I come back to get the flu shot (which i never get) in October. Have any of you received any vaccination in preparation for being pregnant? Also she said that I would eventual get the Pertissus shot after delivering as well as the baby and that my Husband would have to get the shot too.
Post # 3
It is suggested that women who are pregnant (or planning to become pregnant) get their flu shot (NOT the mist- the SHOT) as pregnancy can depress your immune system and make you more susceptible to contracting the influenza virus.
Check out this link from a post a few days ago about pregnancy & flu shots. Several bees also posted links to health information websites.
Post # 4
I asked my doctor about it, but the only one she mentioned was the pertussis one and I wasn’t sure if I’d had it done at a previous job so we waited– although later i realized that if that was almost 10 years ago, I’d need the update anyway. We were still a ways out from TTC at the time anyway, so when I go for an annual appointment at a new practice I’ll ask then, since we are actively TTC now.
Post # 5
@foodnerd81: Yes that would be a great idea to talk to your dr andbgetban update on your shots
@DaneLady: I will be sure to get the shto and not the mist. My dr. Did say that she wanted me to have the shot, not sure if she just was referring to the vaccination .
Post # 6
The doc advised both Darling Husband and I to get a flu shot. Doc also recommended anyone who’ll be around the baby get the pertussis vaccine.
Post # 7
The flu shot is recommended because pregnancy supresses your immune system (for some reason the embryo/fetus doesn’t want your white blood cells to recognize & attack it…), and also because infants’ immune systems aren’t fully developed & they can’t fight off the flu as well as healthy adults can.
Pertussis is given because babies can’t get the vaccine against it until they’re older, and because it there is a huge risk of death associated with it in infants. Because of the crazy anti-vaccine movement, there have been a spike in babies dying from pertussis, especially in California. Again, babies have underdeveloped respiratory and immune systems, and pertussis is HIGHLY contagious & deadly for them.
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) is another one you should check that you have recieved/have immunity to. Measles & rubella (German measles) can both cause horrible birth defects if you contract them while pregnant, and of course they’re dangerous to newborns as well.