Pregnancy and you blog

Tdap vaccine: Now recommended during pregnancy

By Mary M. Murry, R.N., C.N.M. February 26, 2013

What would you do for your child?

I know that I'd give any of my children a kidney. I come to their defense and I tell them when they're wrong. I love them bigger than the sky. Did I forget to mention give them money? We won't talk about that.

It was the same when I was pregnant. I changed many habits for the sake of my babies. I ate differently — and no more beer on a hot summer day!

Undoubtedly, you'll do these things and more. After all, you want to do everything in your power to ensure a healthy baby. For your baby's sake, please add the Tdap vaccine to your list.

The CDC recommends the Tdap vaccine — which offers protection from whooping cough (pertussis), tetanus and diphtheria — for all pregnant women, regardless of when you had your last Tdap or tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccine. Ideally, the vaccine should be given between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.

Whooping cough can be especially dangerous — even life-threatening — for infants. Getting the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy can help protect you from the infection and might also help protect your baby after birth.

As you plan for the new person who'll soon be a part of your life, add the Tdap vaccine to your list.

Feb. 26, 2013