Keep Up to Date with Vaccinations During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, certain vaccinations lower your risk of becoming ill and, in turn, lower your baby’s risk.

At about 28 weeks’ gestation, your doctor will talk to you about receiving a dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough) vaccine. “Recently, there has been an influx of whooping cough in the United States,” says Grant D. McWilliams, DO, FACOG, obstetrician and gynecologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “The vaccination protects both the mother and baby from this serious disease.”

Between November and March, pregnant women also should receive a flu vaccination. While the flu is a serious disease for anyone, it is especially dangerous for pregnant women.

Grant D. McWilliams, DO, FACOG

Grant D. McWilliams, DO, FACOG

During pregnancy, your doctor will make sure you are up to date on hepatitis, measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations. If not, you will receive the vaccinations immediately after delivery.

For more information on vaccinations, call 573-331-3996.

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