When planning a pregnancy, it is very important to prepare the body. Also, it is need of hour that one safeguards themselves from any kind of illness to have a healthy pregnancy. One such important thing that needs to be made an important part of this journey is vaccinations.
Vaccination is an integral part of our lives and becomes all the more important before, during and after pregnancy. This is because pregnancy involves two people – you and the unborn baby and it is important that both stay protected. Both you and your unborn baby are more vulnerable to many diseases and that too in severe form during this time.So, you should become alert before pregnancy itself and get your immunity and vaccination status checked and verified.
Before pregnancy vaccinations
You can protect your baby if you get vaccinated against certain diseases because the antibodies pass on to the baby via the placenta and give protection to the baby.
MMR –This infection if incurred during pregnancy, can cause birth defects, miscarriage and preterm labour and put the life of both of you at risk. Rubella is especially dangerous. So, you should get your Rubella status checked before conception and get MMR vaccination done if you are prone to Rubella. This is a live vaccine and hence not recommended during pregnancy. Also after receiving the vaccination, you should not get pregnant for at least 4 weeks.
Chicken pox- Get vaccination for chicken pox also before conception to prevent the risk of getting chicken pox during pregnancy.
During pregnancy vaccinations
The main vaccines that we give during pregnancy are diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (TDaP). We also give flu vaccine. They protect you as well as the baby from these dangerous diseases. The newborn is protected from these diseases by the antibodies it gets from the mother till it gets its vaccinations.
After delivery vaccinations
You can catch up the vaccination if you missed earlier like MMR, varicella. Also, cancer cervix vaccines for prevention against HPV infection can also be given at this time as they are totally safe during lactation.