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Pregnancy is such a special time for the entire expecting family. It is a time of planning and preparing for the birth of a precious child. It is also an important time to begin considering the steps you can take to keep your children healthy, from the moment they take their first breath. Did you know that your baby can be born with immunity to infectious diseases? By getting yourself vaccinated against diseases such as flu and whooping cough during your pregnancy, you are not only protecting yourself, but you are also passing immunity directly to your baby.

Before becoming pregnant: If you are planning to become pregnant, it’s important to make certain you are up-to-date on all of your vaccines. Vaccination against rubella (German measles) is particularly important, as the disease can cause unborn babies to have birth defects with devastating, lifelong consequences, or even die before birth. Before being vaccinated, women can have a pre-pregnancy blood test to see if they are immune to the disease. Most women were vaccinated as children with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, but you should confirm this with your doctor. If you need to get vaccinated against rubella, you should avoid becoming pregnant until one month after receiving the MMR vaccine and, ideally, not until your immunity is confirmed by a blood test.

If you are already pregnant: Did you know that your actions while you are pregnant can enable your baby to be born with protection against dangerous infectious diseases? By getting vaccinated while pregnant, you can pass on immunity to your child that will last until your little one is ready to begin his or her own vaccination series.

Your healthcare provider, including your OB-GYN or midwife, can tell you which vaccines are right for you throughout your pregnancy, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) all strongly recommend the following two vaccines for pregnant women:

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