Why Should You Get Vaccinated?
Consider this: The vaccines you get before and during pregnancy not only play an important role in protecting your health but safeguard your baby's health too. Your immunity is your baby's first line of defense against certain serious illnesses. So if you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy, now is the time to make sure your vaccinations are up to date.
But not all vaccines are safe to get during pregnancy. Vaccines come in three forms: live virus, dead virus, and toxoids (harmless, chemically altered proteins drawn from bacteria). Pregnant women shouldn't get live virus vaccines, such as the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR), because there's a slight chance these will harm the unborn baby. Vaccines made from dead viruses, such as the flu shot, and toxoid vaccines, such as the tetanus/diphtheria (Td) shot, are safe. Here's a rundown of what you need to know about vaccinations before, during, and after pregnancy.