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Why it is important to get your vaccinations during pregnancy

Updated: Nov 7, 2019



*Warning: Sensitive Topic*


Vaccinations, yes we are going there...


While it is definitely a polarizing topic, we wanted to provide you with some facts and references for you to be able to make an informed decision your infant and vaccines.


What does the CDC recommend?


Based on multiple studies, the CDC recommends that all pregnant women receive a flu shot at any point in her pregnancy -- as well as a Tdap (whooping cough) vaccine in the early weeks of the third trimester. These vaccines are not only safe but can also help prevent illnesses for your baby.


How do vaccines during pregnancy WORK?


As explained in the picture above, the vaccine creates antibodies within the mother-- as most vaccines are meant to do. These antibodies are then transferred through the placenta and become antibodies for your baby.


This vaccine will help give your baby immunity from illnesses within the first couple of months of their life-- when they are most susceptible to contracting the flu and/or whooping cough.


69% of the reported infant deaths from whooping cough were in infants that were 2 months old.


You can help prevent this!


Women that contract the flu are two times more likely to be hospitalized during pregnancy! Contracting the flu also increases a woman's chances of complications during pregnancy such as ICU admissions, preterm labor/ giving birth prematurely, and maternal fatality.


With all of this science and supported evidence… only 1/3 of women receive both vaccines.


If you are pregnant and have not received your vaccines, PLEASE think it over. Your vaccinations NOW could help keep your baby happy, healthy, AND protected for years to come.



As always, if YOU are looking for the support, guidance and reassurance you NEED during pregnancy -- OR you want to be as nutritionally prepared as possible to promote health for you and your baby --- fill out our easy peasy application and Join Us and our Mamas tribe TODAY! We can´t wait to begin working with you--- and see what your future holds!


Until next time!


Mikayla and Cassie

Mamas Maternal Health Registered Dietitians/Lactation Counselors


References:

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/maternal-vaccines/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/08/health/flu-shot-pregnancy.html

https://consumer.healthday.com/pregnancy-information-29/pregnancy-news-543/only-a-third-of-pregnant-women-getting-vaccinations-they-need-751074.html


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