Every parent-to-be hopes that baby will be born healthy and normal. This is why it is important for us to get vaccinated. It helps prevent serious infections that may cause infertility, birth defects and miscarriages.
Below are the vaccines that every parent should know about. Take note that the MMR and varicella vaccines should only be given before baby is conceived, whereas the Tdap vaccine is best given during the 3rd trimester. Talk to your doctor for further information.
Before Getting Pregnant
Measles (as part of MMR vaccine)
One of the most contagious diseases known to man. Virus persists even when infected person is no longer in the room.
Adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get at least 1 dose of MMR vaccine.
Measles during pregnancy increases risk of premature labour, spontaneous abortion, and low birth weight babies.
Mumps (as part of MMR vaccine)
Infertility is a known complication of mumps in adult males.
Rubella (as part of MMR vaccine)
Causes Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS), leading to birth defects and even miscarriages.
Varicella (also known as Chickenpox)
Mothers who catch chickenpox within 5 days before, and 2 days after delivery can put their newborns in serious danger.
Pertussis or Whooping Cough (Part of Tdap vaccine)
CDC recommends that mothers get vaccinated at 27-36 gestation during every 7pregnancy. This will help provide short term protection as soon as the baby is born.
Tetanus (Part of Tdap vaccine)
Neonatal tetanus results when the bacterial spores infect a newborn’s umbilical stump.
Neonatal tetanus is responsible for 8.5% of deaths in babies.