Not every vaccine can be taken when you are pregnant. There are some vaccines to avoid due to its harmful effect or there is simply not enough evidence to suggest its benefits or risks.
This is why it’s super important for you to discuss with your healthcare providers so that they can enlighten you on this subject.
However, if you are still confused, this article would provide you some information regarding which vaccines to avoid during pregnancy.
The live chickenpox virus, one of the vaccines to avoid
You should get this vaccine before you were planning to get pregnant. Chicken pox can cause a pretty serious disease in pregnant women and it could impose a certain risk to the baby.
This is especially true if you were less than 20 weeks of pregnancy and got infected.
There is a small chance for your baby to develop a condition called foetal varicella syndrome.
It could cause scarring, eye defects and brain damage to the unborn children.
However, the standard vaccine which contains a live attenuated varicella virus can be dangerous for pregnant women.
That’s why it’s one of the many vaccines that you should avoid during pregnancy.
What if you are exposed and are not yet vaccinated? Talk to your doctor if you can get your hand on the varicella-zoster immune globulin.
This is one of the ways to provide a boost in your immunity and prevent complications but it’s only for a while.
The best way is to get vaccinated before getting pregnant.
Shingles, just like chickenpox but…
If you have experienced chickenpox when you are a child, you won’t be getting it again when you are an adult.
However, the same virus, varicella, can still mess with you when you have to deal with shingles.
When it occurs during pregnancy, it can be quite alarming. It usually affects one in five people which can be painful.
However, the outlook for people who are being diagnosed with this condition during pregnancy is good.
There are a few antiviral medications which are effective to reduce the risk of complications.
When it comes to the vaccine, it is one of the vaccines to avoid during pregnancy.
Why? There isn’t much evidence to suggest its benefits or risks on pregnant women.
So unless it is recommended to you by your doctor, you shouldn’t insist on getting such a shot.
Vaccines to avoid, the trio MMR
Just like the chickenpox vaccine, MMR which stands for measles, mumps and rubella utilise live viruses to stimulate the body in producing protective antibodies.
It’s not safe to be taken for pregnant women so it is one of the vaccines to avoid.
It’s recommended for you though to take this vaccine 4 weeks before trying to get pregnant.
Just to err on the side of caution, it’s better to take the shot much earlier.
Other vaccines which you are required to take during travel
Most of the restrictions on vaccines for pregnant women were done because there isn’t much evidence to necessitate the urgency of getting those vaccines.
They either cause harmful effects or don’t provide a clear line whether it could be harmful to the baby or not.
Some of the vaccines to avoid are:
- Typhoid vaccine
- Japanese encephalitis vaccine
- Bacillus Calmete Guarin (BCG) vaccine
The only time you will be allowed to take these vaccines is after delivery. They are considered safe for breastfeeding and you can confer those protections to your child temporarily.
Those who will be in contact with you or your baby should also be vaccinated to avoid the spread of transmissible diseases which can be harmful to your baby.
If you are doubtful, ask your doctor about it. They will do some clinical assessment to know whether you will need a shot or two.
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