If you are planning to conceive, then obviously, you must be under strict prenatal care. You must have already started asking your doctor about the steps to nurture a healthy baby.
But, did you know that taking a vaccine before pregnancy and also in betweenthose months are the primary means of ensuring good health of your baby?
Your doctor must be telling you about them very soon. However, before that, go through the list and know why and how vaccination is going to help both you and your baby!
Vaccination coursesprior to conceiving:
The moment a fertilized egg attached itself to your womb, your body will start preparing for its growth and development. Everything that you eat, feel, see,or smell is going to directly or indirectly affect your baby.
Therefore, it is very important to create a safe growing environment for him/her.
The rubella, varicella and Hepatitis vaccines are a way of protecting both the baby and mother from any viral attack.
- Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine:
The MMR vaccine before pregnancy is advisable to make the body immunized against the above three deadly diseases.
Measles causes an eruption of red rashes on the skin and is accompanied by fever, cough and runny nose. Mumps also include high fever, cough and cold. Additionally, the salivary glands start swelling when a person contracts mumps. Both mumps and measles are highly contagious diseases and increase the risk of miscarriage. In fact, measles raises the risk of premature labour as well.
Rubella or German measles also present similar flu like symptoms along with red rashes all over the skin. Medical studies in the past have revealed that nearly 80% of those pregnant women who contracted rubella during their first trimester presented birth defectsin babies like hearing impairment or intellectual disabilities.
- Varicella or Chicken Pox vaccine:
The Varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox. Red itchy rashes develop all over the body, along with immense body ache and high fever. Ideally, the varicella vaccine comprises of two shots, the second one separated from the first with a gap of 4 weeks in adults.
Not taking shots of this vaccine before pregnancy can pose as asevere threat to the child. 20% children born to mothers who had chickenpox during pregnancy are born with paralyzed or deformed defects.
Another risk is that the mother might pass on the infection to her baby upon birth and varicella infection in new-born babies can be very fatal.
- Hepatitis A and B vaccine:
Both the Hepatitis A and B virus cause liver inflammation and infection. It results in fatigue, yellowing of skin and eyes and even jaundice in severe cases.
Out of the two, Hepatitis B is more severe than the A version and causes less adversity to the child. However, there have been cases where mothers with a Hepatitis A infection gave birth to premature babies or those with infections.
P.S. – It is advisable to take these vaccinations during pregnancy.
Did you know about these vaccination courses during pregnancy?
If you feel, taking a couple of vaccine shots before pregnancy will give you 100% immunity from every disease, then you’re wrong! Flu or influenza is a major concern while one is pregnant.
As per doctors, a woman’s immunity system is 40% weaker during pregnancy. Therefore, contracting diseases is a common phenomenon.
According to the regulation of TAG or Technical Advisory Group on Vaccine, there are certain vaccine shots during pregnancy that are absolutely essential.
- Flu vaccine:
Flu is a prevalent disease that lasts about 4 to 7 days. Headache, running nose, sore throat and fever are some of its symptoms.
During pregnancy, the symptoms appear to be even more miserable!
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends every mother-to-be to take the flu shots. These are made of inactivated virus and hence,absolutely safe for both the mother and the child.
However, some women who took the flu shot the previous year tend to avoid it in the current year. That should not be the case. Because flu strains constantly keep changing, the vaccine shots also undergo upgradation. So, if you are pregnant, do not rely on the last year’s shotto get you through this year.
- TT vaccine:
Tetanus is better known as lockjaw that is a disorder of the Central Nervous System which causes sporadic muscle spasms and convulsions. The tetanus virus usually enters the bloodstream through cuts and wounds.
The Tetanus vaccine is usually combined with Diphtheria,which is a respiratory tract disorder that can even result in coma and death, and Pertussis, better known as whooping cough.Together, the vaccine is known as TDaP.
All doctors recommend these vaccine shots during pregnancy and have been deemed safe by the American College of Obstetricians too.
Vaccine after pregnancy – not to be ignored!
If you think taking a series of vaccine before pregnancy and during it eliminates all threats, then no! Some risks still pervade. To eliminate even the last bit of viral attack, take an HPV vaccine.
Young mothers must consider taking the new HPV vaccine that immunizes the body against the human papillomavirusresponsible for causing cervical cancer. This particular vaccine is not really recommended during pregnancy as its safety during the trimesters is yet to be proven.
Over the past few decades, nearly 180 million of the world’s population has reported an HPV infection. In most cases, the infection subsides by itself within a year or two, while in some rare cases; it gives rise to deadly diseases like cancer.
Check with your gynaecologist before taking a shot!
Your best advisor is your gynecologist. Talk to Dr. Yashica Gudesar who is one the Best gynecologist in Dwarka, New Delhi. Also, she will be the judge to determine whether the vaccination courses are suitable for your body or not.
Dr. Yashica will give you recommendations based on certain examinations and evaluations so that the essential vaccinations do not pose an adverse threat to you and your child.
As you prepare to take the next big step in life, ensure that it’s with a good health and a happy smile!
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