Watching the Shot Clock: Preventive Care for Women Trying to Get Pregnant

  

Women trying to get pregnant frequently ask their infertility doctors about the shots they will receive as part of infertility treatment. Practice, information sheets and one-on-one tutorials will help prepare even the most apprehensive patients. One conversation that Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates always initiates with parents-to-be involves different types of shots … the ones that will protect mother and baby.

Vaccines that a woman receives during pregnancy provide twice the benefits. The benefits transfer from mom to unborn child to protect baby in that critical first few months of life.

As you prepare to undergo infertility treatment, plan to talk with your doctor at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates about your shot record. Some vaccines you received as a child require a booster, and new vaccines may be available now that you have not received.

The women’s healthcare professionals at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates will make recommendations to bring your vaccinations up to date.

Which vaccines should women have before getting pregnant?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and March of Dimes recommend that women planning to get pregnant have a single dose of Tdap, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine.

Consider passing along this recommendation to family members and caregivers who will be in close contact with the baby one day. Women already pregnant can safely receive the Tdap vaccine in the second trimester (after 20 weeks).

Pregnant women can also safely receive the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine, administered each year during flu season, will also help prevent delays in fertility treatment and canceled cycles due to illness.

A word of caution: Pregnant women should avoid the nasal spray flu vaccine and instead request an injectable form.

Before you get pregnant, we recommend protecting against chicken pox (varicella), measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), and in certain cases, human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis A and B, meningococcus and pneumococcus.

Are vaccines are safe for pregnant women?

Vaccinations do not cause autism. You may wonder about thimerosal, a preservative element containing mercury. Thimerosal is no longer used in vaccines, except for some flu shots. Ask for a thimerosal-free flu shot.

Contact us at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates to schedule an appointment. A fertility consultation can help increase your chances for getting pregnant and help with safeguarding your health.

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