Make The Flu Vaccine A Priority During Pregnancy

Moms-to-be put immense pressure on themselves to have the healthiest pregnancy possible, but too many forget to get the flu shot while they're expecting or breastfeeding.

Seafood, coffee, soft cheese, wine.

As any mom with a partiality to any/all of the above can testify, nine months can stretch out pretty long in front of you when you’re expecting.

Sure, we get fuller hair, a gorgeous glow, and a bigger cup size in the trade off. But when you’re bringing another human being into the world, it can seem like a small consolation prize for all the anxiety you’re feeling about all the changes you’re experiencing.

From baby books and advice from our friends and family to dangerous late-night googling sessions on the internet, we put immense pressure on ourselves to have the healthiest pregnancy possible.

Whether that means taking our folic acid, putting down the pâté, or cutting out those deli meats, we’re always on red alert when it comes to what we put in our bodies. 

But there’s one recommended precaution that may surprise soon-to-be-moms; the flu shot.

The flu shot is recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The flu can have serious consequences during and after your pregnancy, for both you and your baby.

Although your newborn baby is still too young to get the flu shot themselves, they’re at a higher risk of contracting the virus. However, by getting immunized during pregnancy, moms-to-be can protect themselves and their baby for the first six months of life. 

Plus, it’s perfectly safe for babies to breastfeed once mothers receive the flu shot. Meaning you’re free to nurse your baby without worrying about putting them in potential danger.

The flu isn’t just a runny nose or a bad cold. The flu is a contagious respiratory infection that can be serious. It’s vitally important for kids and adults to get vaccinated against the flu because it can prevent illness, hospitalization, and protect members of your family—including babies less than six months old who are too young to get the vaccine. Find out where you can get the flu shot in Ontario.

So don’t forget to make your health and the health of your baby a top priority during pregnancy. And remember—there’s a big glass of Chardonnay with your name on it waiting for you at the finish line.

This post was developed in association with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The opinions are our own.

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