As autumn approaches, so does flu season. A perfect opportunity to spread the word about 2 extremely important jabs for all you lovely bumps out there!
The NHS recommends 2 vaccines for pregnant women:
The flu vaccine
Evidence shows that catching the flu in pregnancy can be very risky for both mum and baby.
The flu is pretty nasty at the best of times but in pregnancy it can truly make you very poorly.
I don’t want to scare people by any means, but I think it is probably important to state these facts:
- There is a much higher risk of death in pregnant mums with the flu than there is in women who are not pregnant.
- Also, babies born to mums with the flu are more than 5 times more likely to die around the time of birth.
For this reason we recommend the flu vaccine at 12 weeks, or at the beginning of the flu season (whichever comes first).
The whooping cough vaccine
A frequent question that I get asked is “why do I need this jab if my baby will have this jab anyway?”
Yes, your baby will have this vaccine when 2 months old, but this means that until they are vaccinated they might catch whooping cough as they have no immunity against it.
It is actually in this newborn phase that they are most susceptible to complications and these can be very harmful.
Here’s a brilliant fact – there are 91% less reported whooping cough infections in babies under 3 months old that are born to mums who are vaccinated.
The time to be vaccinated is between 28 and 32 weeks pregnant so that the positive effects of the vaccine are transmitted to the baby. This means that when born they are protected and can fight off whooping cough. Amazing no?
It goes without saying that these vaccines are considered to be very safe in pregnancy.
So, to all you lovely pregnant ladies out there, #DrMummyTips for this autumn is:
“Memo for the bumps – book these 2 vaccines to protect you & your baby”
Click here for more info on the flu vaccine in pregnancy.
Click here for more info on the whooping cough vaccine in pregnancy.
Speak to your GP or midwife in order to arrange these vaccines.
Dr Claudia x
Please note: The materials in this website are in no way intended to replace the professional medical care, advice, diagnosis or treatment of a doctor. The web site does not have answers to all problems. Answers to specific problems may not apply to everyone. If you notice medical symptoms or feel ill, you should consult your doctor. Dr Claudia x