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vaccinations during pregnancy

What are the three must have vaccinations during pregnancy

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As a mother, you would indeed want your baby to be safe and protected. The least you could do to ensure that is by making sure that you take the common vaccines which would in turn make your child immune to common illnesses. Out of the few vaccines that you would have to take during your pregnancy, following three are the most basic ones that you cannot afford to avoid.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

After being in a very safe environment of your womb, your baby is actually most vulnerable to be targeted by the infectious viruses (sometimes, with potentially life-threatening complications) once it is born and exposed to the open air. It is, thus, necessary that you take prior precautions by vaccinating yourself against whooping cough during the later stages of your pregnancy. It is advisable for you to get vaccinated against this somewhere between the 27th and 36th week; and to continue the protection, it would also be safer to start with the vaccination doses for the baby, once it completes two months.

Influenza

It is advisable for you to get vaccinated against influenza as a part of your prenatal care as flu can be particularly dangerous during pregnancy; for both you and your unborn baby. Pregnant women who may catch flu are more likely to face serious complications during pregnancy, including premature labour and delivery too. By having taken the precaution well in time, you may also help keep your baby safeguarded even for his/her first six months after birth, until he/she gets vaccinated against flu. Flu vaccines can be taken during any trimester, at any time of pregnancy.

Tetanus

The Tetanus Toxoid (TT) vaccine, during pregnancy, is not only mandatory to prevent you and your baby from tetanus but also essential because it plays a major role in reducing neonatal mortality. The first TT vaccination is given in the first trimester soon after the pregnancy tests have been confirmed. The second dose of the TT vaccine is given at least four to eight weeks after the first. Some experts also suggest that the second dose of the vaccine should be taken four weeks prior to the expected date of delivery.

Precaution is always better than cure. More so, when the health of you little one is at stake, you cannot afford to take risks.