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Pregnant Diphtheria Will Baby
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Maybe!: Many painting products are toxic and can potentially cause harm. Painting in a home is likely better left to other non-pregnant people. If you must, use of a mask during painting is suggested. Be sure the room is well ventilated during and after painting, and if possible use low-fume and rapid drying materials. Also, be sure to avoid direct skin contact with the paint as much as possible. ...Read more
I am 26 weeks pregnant, can I get the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy or wait till my baby is born? How long does the vaccine protect you?
Tdap - Pertussis : The tdap vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women at any gestational age. It is safe for pregnant women. It is preferably given from 27-36 weeks but anytime during pregnancy will confer adequate immunity. Immediate postpartum vaccination is recommended for women who miss the vaccine during pregnancy. This is a concerted effort to protect newborns from pertussis by "cocooning" the baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nope: Just the opposite, the flu shot protects the mom from influenza which between october to february can be serious enought to hospitalize pregnant women. It's highly recommended for all pregnant women during flu season. Make sure the inactivated type is used (not the nasal spray). Your doc should have summary sheets that give you more details. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Category C: The tdap is considered a category c drug during pregnancy. This basically means there is no specific evidence of fetal harm if taken. Some practitioners wait until the second trimester to give it out of extra caution, but it is truly a good investment in your babies health. It adds a bit of pertussis protection to the antibodies you give baby & helps until they can get their first one at 2m. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Same way every time: Urban myth may have you believe you can pre-select your offspring but that is bogus.If you go the test tube baby route you might be able to pretest embryos & have them implanted, but that is tedious & expensive.You get pregnant & get whatever the successful sperm has made.(the sperm determines the sex)you have the same chance for boy or girl any pregnancy. ...Read more
Pregnant exposed to HepB 1week before birth, baby gets HBv vaccine before 12hrs but no immunoglobulin, can it be protective for HepB? At what level?
Yes it can. Unknown.: Life is not exact, and that's the way it is. First, hope Mom is immune (by vaccine or prior disease). Did Mom get a HepB gammaglobulin shot? Second, hope not enough viruses were transmitted to Mom in the exposure. Third, hope that 1 week was not enough time for viral count in Mom to get high enough to be contagious to Baby. Fourth, hope that Baby's vaccine prevents an infection (it should work). ...Read more
Why not give newborn tdap vaccine asap instead of pregnant mom? How do you know it's safe for the unborn child?
Takes awhile: It takes awhile to build immunity. When infant gets vaccine the first 6 months are basically uncovered for infant. I've seen first hand, babies suffering from whopping cough, it's heartbreaking. Especially when largely preventable. When in utero fetuses actually get some of moms antibodies, the agent that takes months for baby to makeover her own when given after. It's 100% safe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Likely: Your doc can and likely does test to see if you are developing any antibodies that would affect the baby.Bring this up at a visit and they can provide you that information. While this is usually given earlier, this does not mean you (and baby) have not benefitted from the procedure. ...Read more
Delivery process: Newborn infants often get exposed to maternal body fluids especially to her blood during the birthing process. Therefore, all the newborns born to hepatitis b positive mothers receive Hepatitis B Immune Globulin in addition to Hepatitis B Vaccine within 12 hours from birth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me if a pregnant woman has hepatitis c, is her baby guaranteed to catch the virus at birth?
Rabies vaccine: Rabies vaccine is under class C, that means that animal studies revealed a harmful or teratogenic effects on the fetus or there is no controlled studies on pregnant women, you need to weigh your options, risk vs benefit, if you were exposed & at risk for contracting rabies you have no choice but to take the vaccine with close F/U with your obstitrician. Wishing you & baby good luck. ...Read more
No and Yes: Menactra (one brand) is a pregnancy catagory c, which means risk to fetus cannot be ruled out. Menveo is category b, which means there is no evidence of risk to fetus in humans. Therefore Menveo can be given to a pregnant mother, if/when the benefits outweigh the risks. However, neither is specifically indicated or thoroughly studied in pregnant women. Discuss you risks and benefits with doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer