After you discover you are pregnant, your life immediately changes. Every decision made from here on out not only affects you but the life inside of you, as well. You want to do all you can to ensure your baby’s healthy growth, including proper diet, exercise, and regular check-ups. Another important element to consider is making sure you are up-to-date on important vaccines. When it comes to you and your baby, keeping up with certain vaccines can help both of you stay healthy, both during and after pregnancy.
Certain vaccines are safe and recommended for anyone who is pregnant. The antibodies developed from vaccines will help protect the parent from serious diseases and protect the baby from developing these diseases after birth. Specific vaccines are recommended based on a variety of factors, including age, lifestyle, previous medical history, the likelihood of travel, and previously given vaccines, but here are the main vaccines suggested for anyone who is pregnant:
When it comes to determining what vaccines are right for you and your baby, your OBGYN will be able to talk through all the different options that directly relate to your lifestyle and other factors. There are certain vaccines that should be avoided during pregnancy, and your health care professional will be able to explain the reasons fully, as well as offer helpful suggestions.
If you did not get these vaccines while pregnant, they can still be administered after birth and are still safe for those who are breastfeeding. Your OBGYN can answer any additional questions or concerns you may have when it comes to protecting the health of you and your baby.