So just wondering if your OB or midwife wanted you to get this shot? They offered it to me a maybe a month ago, but i told them that there was no way i was going to take it while i was pregnant (just didn't want to do it then even though they say it is safe and fine) and they said I could get it after our baby was born while still in the hospital, but i'm still really on the fence about the whole thing. What are you going to do and do you have any insight for me?? Thanks!!!!
Tdap shot and pregnancy/post pregnancy????
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With my first birth, they offered me the MMR vaccine at the hospital because I was no longer immune to Rubella despite having chicken pox as a child (they tested me for this at my OB). I did take it as I normally take vaccines when not pregnant.
The TDAP vaccine is mainly to protect your newborn from pertussis (whooping cough). Whooping cough is very dangerous for newborns and it's becoming more common. My doctor recommended that anybody who is going to to be around the baby should get vaccinated. Immunity does take some time to build up. That's why they want you to get it before the baby is born. Just keep in mind that you have to balance risks. There's always some small risk with vaccines (and I'm sure your doctor could tell you about them), but there's also the risk of the baby being exposed to pertussis if you don't get the vaccine while pregnant.
Personally, I am getting the vaccine while pregnant. I think I'm supposed to get it after 28 weeks. I also told my husband and my mother to get vaccinated.
I feel that any vaccine that can't be administered to an infant at birth isn't going to be given to me while I was pregnant. Since the DTaP can't be given to a baby until they are 6 weeks old, I turned down the vaccine. Plus, I had this vaccine two years ago so I would be more concerned with people in my family being up-to-date with this vaccine including siblings, husband, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and even friends.
We do live in a 'high Pertussis' area but I also have read it really happens on a 3 year cycle & in the Spring?
So really unsure.
Our next baby (TTC) will get DTaP (and only that) starting at 4 months. Everything else is less urgent. I will not get it for myself though. Just got a booster last year anyway.
I actually looked in to Sears schedule and noticed pertussis is one he says is important early? I'm as confused as I was 8 years ago when I had my first and after shots at two and four months I quit.