I've not had a pertussis vaccine during pregnancy, no. March of Dimes says you can only get the Tdap vaccine after 20 weeks. So if you decide you don't want it, maybe just tell your mom you can't get it ;-) I have heard discussion about getting it in the 3rd trimester as a way to boost baby's immunity; babies being at much greater risk than adults. Something else to think about.
Just this morning I spoke with my midwife about a couple of other vaccines during pregnancy...
Every fall I get a flu vaccine due to being high-risk for flu complications (I have asthma); and also I used to work in a hospital where 1) I'd be exposed to the virus and 2) I wouldn't want to give the flu to anyone who was immunocompromized. So I've had the flu shot during pregnancy and will again this year. There are two kinds of flu vaccines. Pregnant women (and high risk folks) can't have the "live" one so I'll get the other one again. If my circumstances were different I'm not sure if I'd get a flu shot or not, I'd want to do some research. Tropicana raised some great points about reading fine print and doing our homework before getting any vaccine.
Rubella is the other vaccine that came up in conversation this morning. My blood work came back showing that I do not have antibodies against rubella. This was kind of surprising since I've been vaccinated for it. And that's a vaccine that you can't get during pregnancy, and it's not an illness you want to get while you're pregnant either. That kind of freaked me out for a minute but turns out there were only 12 cases in England/Wales in 2010 (the latest data I've seen), so I'm not going to worry about it. Mamabeakly put it so well:
Originally Posted by Mamabeakley
However, the question I ask myself about vaccines in general is, if I or my child got this disease, would I most likely feel more like, "oh, well - this sucks and is inconvenient" or more like, "oh, sh*t - this is really, really scary"?
That is one of the best, most clear thoughts I've ever read on vaccine decision making. I'm totally borrowing that line to use in the future.
Good luck whatever yuo decide and a have a great trip to OR/WA. July is such a nice time to go there!