Recommended Vaccinations for Pregnancy

By: Women's Care Staff

Before you make plans to become pregnant, speak to your OB-GYN about the recommended vaccinations for pregnancy that can help protect you and your baby from certain infections. Make sure the below list of shots are up to date before you become pregnant. In addition, consult with your doctor before getting vaccinated to get a safety confirmation for you and your baby.

Here’s a list of recommended vaccinations for pregnancy according to the CDC.

Flu vaccine

You should get the flu vaccine once per year between October and May before the season begins. Two types of flu vaccines exist: the flu shot and the flu nasal spray. Researchers deem both vaccines as safe to receive before you become pregnant. However, wait at least one month before conceiving if you choose the nasal spray. Women’s risks of major complications increase if they obtain the flu during pregnancy. These can include pneumonia and bronchitis among others. Therefore, getting the flu vaccine can lower your risk of birth complications and prolonged illnesses.

HPV vaccine

This vaccine helps protect you from getting HPV. This can cause genital warts which can eventually lead to cervical cancer and cancers of the vulva and vagina. Doctors recommend women (and men) ages 26 and under to receive the vaccine.

MMR vaccine

The MMR vaccine protects you against measles, mumps, and rubella. It also lowers your risk for miscarriage, premature birth, and stillbirth should you develop any of these diseases while you’re pregnant. Rubella can also cause congenital rubella syndrome in your baby, which can lead to birth defects such as vision problems, hearing problems, and heart defects.

Varicella vaccine

This vaccine protects you from chickenpox, which can be dangerous for your unborn baby. In addition, it can increase the risk of birth defects. If you’ve never had chickenpox, or haven’t been vaccinated for the disease, inform your OB-GYN immediately so you can receive the varicella vaccine.

Recommended vaccines to avoid during pregnancy

If you find out you’re already pregnant before you get the recommended vaccines, inform your OB-GYN since some vaccines are not safe to receive during pregnancy. If you’ve received any of the below vaccines, wait at least one month before trying to conceive.

Vaccines that are not safe during pregnancy are:

  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Flu mist/flu nasal spray
  • BCG
  • Meningococcal
  • Typhoid

Getting caught up on proper vaccination before pregnancy can help protect you and your baby throughout pregnancy and beyond. Don’t put off getting vaccinated; see your OB-GYN find out which vaccines you need.

Women’s Care can provide immunizations at the time of your scheduled appointment or annual exam. Schedule an appointment with WCF today to receive the latest recommended vaccines, and to get your questions about immunizations answered by an experienced, board-certified OB-GYN.

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