Vaccination during Pregnancy
Protect yourself and your baby by getting the right vaccinations before, during, and after your pregnancy.
The vaccines you get before and during pregnancy play an important role in protecting your health and also protecting the health of your baby. Your immunity is your child’s first defense against serious illness.
- Influenza vaccine (flu shot)
- Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine (Tdap)
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Hepatitis A vaccine
- Pneumococcal vaccine
Take folic acid: If you are planning to become pregnant or are pregnant, you should take a supplement containing at least 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) of folic acid daily. Taking folic acid will reduce the risk of some birth defects. Prenatal vitamins almost always contain more than 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) of folic acid per capsule or tablet.
You must also:
- Talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking. This includes over-the-counter medicines. You should only take medications that your doctor says are safe to take during pregnancy.
- Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs and limit your caffeine intake.
- Quit smoking if you smoke.
Go for Prenatal Checkups and Tests
During pregnancy, you will visit your doctor many times for prenatal care. The number of visits and types of examinations you receive will vary depending on where you are in your pregnancy:
- First-trimester care
- Second-trimester care
- Third-trimester care
Talk to your doctor about the various tests you may have during your pregnancy. These tests can help your healthcare provider see how your baby is developing and if there are any problems with the pregnancy.
These tests may include:
- Ultrasound tests to see how your baby is growing and help set a due date
- Glucose tests to detect gestational diabetes
- Blood test to check for normal fetal DNA in the blood
- Fetal echocardiography to check the baby’s heart
- Amniocentesis to check for birth defects and genetic problems
- A cervical translucency test (vaginal ultrasound) to check for problems with the baby’s genes.
- Tests to detect sexually transmitted diseases.
- Blood group analysis such as Rh and ABO
- Blood tests for anemia
- Blood tests to track any chronic illness you had before pregnancy.
Depending on your family history, you may be tested for genetic problems. There are many things to think about before doing genetic testing. Your provider can help you decide if this is right for you.
If you are having a high-risk pregnancy, you may need to see your doctor more often and have additional tests.
Special Pregnancy Test
The MedGenome Claria NIPT is a simple, safe, and non-invasive prenatal screening test that guarantees parents-to-be accurate genetic information about their baby. The test uses advanced bioinformatics technology to evaluate fetal (placental origin) DNA in maternal blood.
It is an invasive prenatal test in which a doctor takes a sample of amniotic fluid. A sample (less than an ounce) is removed with a fine needle inserted into the uterus through the abdomen under ultrasound guidance. The lab tests the sample by checking your baby’s chromosomes. These tests may include a karyotype test, FISH test, and microarray analysis.
Prenatal Care: Prenatal care should begin at least three months before you start attempting to get pregnant. During this time, you should practice the following healthy habits:
- Stopping smoking and abstaining from alcoholic drinks.
- Taking folic acid vitamins regularly (400 to 800 micrograms).
- Avoiding all contact with toxic substances and chemicals at home or work that could be harmful.
- Talking to your doctor about your medical conditions, dietary supplements, and any over-the-counter or prescription medicines that you take.
Getting Enough Rest:
For new mothers who are trying to regain their strength, rest is essential. You may need to do the following to avoid becoming overly weary as a new mother:
- Sleep when your baby goes to sleep
- To make night feedings easier, keep your bed near your baby’s crib.
You’re more likely to get the nutrients you need if you eat a healthy, balanced diet. However, you will require more essential nutrients (particularly calcium, iron, and folic acid) than before you became pregnant.
One of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby is to eat a well-balanced diet. During pregnancy, avoid the foods and beverages listed below.
- Meat, eggs, and fish that haven’t been cooked
- Vegetables and fruits.
- Alternatives to sugar
- Each day, consume four or more servings of dairy.
- Drink no more than 1 or 2 cups of coffee or other caffeinated beverages every day.
When a doctor prescribes a test, it should be done on a regular basis.
- Ultrasound tests to see how your baby is developing and to help you figure out when you’re due.
- Checking for gestational diabetes using glucose testing
- Routine Blood tests for general well being.
- Amniocentesis is a procedure that examines the fetus for birth abnormalities and genetic issues.
- Test for nuchal translucency to see if there are any abnormalities with the baby’s DNA.
- Tests to see if you’re infected with a sexually transmitted disease
- Rh and ABO blood type testing are two examples of blood type testing.
- Anemia testing in the blood
- Pre-pregnancy blood testing to monitor any chronic illnesses you may have had.
Consume more fruits and vegetables, as well as beans, meat, eggs, cheese, and milk. Every day, as directed by your healthcare provider, take iron tablets and any other supplements or medicines you've been prescribed. When you get the time, take a rest.
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At Benecare Hospital, proper pregnancy care guidance is provided by our best Gynaecologist. Pregnant women must take the best pregnancy care, it is required for a healthy baby & healthy mother. During pregnancy, women should eat healthy food, nutritious food, and Fruits, drink a lot of water, do regular exercise, and do regular check-ups.