It's been a while since I participated in the weekly chat (though I think I read nearly all of last week's--just didn't have anything to say, lol).
In my reading about pertussis in particular, the vaccination of mom does nothing to confer any antibodies to baby via breastmilk--totally different from a natural antibody production/transfer. It's because our bodies normally encounter pathogens via mucous membranes, and the immune response to those pathogens sets off a chain reaction, one of which is to produce antibodies for baby via breastmilk. When a pathogen is introduced via innoculation (directly into the bloodstream), the only part of those chain reactions that takes place is that our blood alone produces antibodies. Nothing tells the rest of the body to go into immune mode, so there are no breastmilk-transferred antibodies, despite mom's innoculation. The push for moms to get the vax is part of what tropicana cited as "coccooning." There is also growing evidence that the pertussis strains of today is vastly different (evolved) from that which is used in the vaccinations, and that is part of why pertussis vaccinations have had decreasing success in keeping the illness at bay in susceptible populations.
I'm considering getting my titer run for pertussis--a couple of people in our circles had it recently (unbeknownst until after they could do anything about it), so there's a chance I may have been exposed. I'm kind of hoping I was, so that I have active antibodies come this winter. Pertussis antibodies don't stick around for long, partly because it is a bacterium, rather than a virus, and our bodies simply don't keep producing antibodies for every little bacterial pathogen to which we may be exposed. Regardless of that titer result, I'm 99% certain we're still not getting the vax for babe--we'll do our own version of "coccooning" and just hibernate as much as possible, and become total handwashing/sanitizing junkies this winter, lol. While we don't vax currently, I am open-minded and do my homework; I'm pretty certain my older DS will get a couple in the next year or two, simply because the kid makes every.damn.thing he does into a contact sport, blood and all. ...but I digress... I've been researching for 8 years, and I still struggle with some of the decisions! If we win the lottery and get to travel farther than the contiguous US, then (like Segolily) we'll get the appropriate shots and hope they work and all.
Hello to everyone up-thread there! :)
sego--safe travels and have fun. Sorry you're so tired; hopefully your NM trip will rejuvenate you.
newCtmama--good luck tomorrow. I hope your new practitioners are all that and a bag of chips! (and that you get your anatomy scan very soon so you can have that reassurance)
travelmumma--sending you some calm to help get you through this stressful period.
mamabeakley--you're in the home stretch now. ;) My DH was just gone for 3 days, and I totally feel how you described the expectations (plus my own expectations; I'm just not used to not having any down time!) is spot on.
Of course, my DH is also in the middle or Ramadan, so even when he's *here,* right now, his blood sugar is low, or he's napping so he can eat at night, so has been more or less absent even when he wasn't gone for weeks now. I'm pretty much done with it at this point. I can't freaking wait until he's finished. Which will be 2 weeks now since he'll add on the days he was traveling (and therefore not fasting) to the end of the Eid which ends Ramadan. So he's getting dangerously close to my declared back to school date when I'll need to be refreshed, recharged, and not dealing all by myself with the kids' meltdowns.
But I'm trying to look on the bright side of things, and right now, one of those things is that HE OWES ME. mwahahahahaha! Another is that I am just about back to my BFP weight, which is great. I don't mean the gain--I mean the lack of an additional 20lbs on top of that by this point for me. I gained 60, then 50 lbs each of my 1st two pregnancies, so was already not feeling like myself at the halfway point with them. So yay for not eating fast food for every meal of the day (nevermind I *can't* eat it anymore because of known food intolerances) and staying moderately healthy. I still need to exercise, and now that it's not dangerously hot for a spell, I think my boys and I will go on a hike this weekend. Oh, and a friend gave me a bunch of baby clothes today--I took what would work (and wasn't a sickening pepto bismol shade of pink) and am passing on the rest to a couple more mamas. I love the generosity of my local AP group!