Just in case you have someone special entering the world soon…
Here’s my article in Parent’s Magazine: 7 Newborn Vaccines Your Baby Needs
Thanks for reading!
(This photo comes from Steve Debenport—Getty Images and is found in the Parent’s Magazine article above.)
The CDC recommends the pertussis (whooping cough) and flu vaccines during every pregnancy.
The pertussis vaccine is particularly important during pregnancy. Pertussis can be life-threatening to your newborn.
The pertussis vaccine (most commonly given in the Tdap vaccine–includes tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) should given between 27-32 weeks gestation. The earlier the better. It will take at least two weeks for your body to make antibodies and pass them to your unborn child. Getting the vaccine around 27 weeks allows enough time for antibodies to form just in case you go into labor early.
These antibodies will normally protect the newborn until he is able to get his DTaP vaccine at 2 months (in the US).
Make sure you get this vaccine during EVERY pregnancy. The vaccine is mainly given to protect the child. You must get it every pregnancy to protect each child from pertussis. And it is safe for you to do so.
Next up…the flu shot. It is safe and recommended by the CDC to get the flu shot during pregnancy.
With coughing so severe it could crack your baby’s ribs, pertussis (whooping cough) can be life-threatening to children under the age of one. But, your baby doesn’t get his first pertussis vaccine until he is 2 months old, so how do you protect him from this horrible and life-threatening disease in the first few months of his life?
The answer is easy and it doesn’t even require you stick your newborn with any needles. You can get the Tdap vaccine, the vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and (acellular) pertussis, during pregnancy and your newborn will be born protected from whooping cough until he is old enough to get the vaccine at two months.