Is it Safe To Get Vaccinated While Pregnant?
posted by OB/GYN | July 19, 2018
Your OB/GYN provider will not recommend a vaccine during pregnancy that is not safe for both you and your baby. Many vaccines are safe, but some vaccines may be harmful to unborn children and can cause miscarriage, premature birth or birth defects.
Before becoming pregnant, talk to your OB/GYN provider about vaccines you should get before you try to conceive. Rubella, for example, is a very dangerous condition for pregnant women, but the rubella vaccine poses theoretical risks during pregnancy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend two vaccines for pregnant women:
You may need other vaccines depending on your individual health factors and risks. If you plan to travel internationally, your doctor may recommend certain vaccinations. Pregnant women who are at risk of hepatitis B, should receive a hepatitis B vaccine. Consult your doctor to know which vaccines are safe for you.
Some vaccines may not be safe for pregnant women. These include:
Be sure to call your doctor to discuss other ways in which you can keep both you and your baby safe and healthy.
“Is It Safe to Get Vaccinations During Pregnancy?” WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/baby/pregnancy-is-it-safe-to-get-vaccinations#2
“Pregnancy Week By Week.” Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/expert-answers/vaccines-during-pregnancy/faq-20057799
“Pregnancy and Vaccination.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pregnancy/pregnant-women/index.html
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.