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If I’m thinking about getting pregnant, what should I do about vaccines?

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The minute motherhood enters your mind, call your doctor and make sure your vaccines are up to date. If you need any, you'll want to get them more than a month before you conceive. The especially important ones are:

These diseases can cause problems or birth defects in the baby if you get them while you're pregnant.

  • Rubella (German measles)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis

SOURCES:

Siobhan Dolan, MD, medical advisor, March of Dimes; professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women's health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; attending physician, division of reproductive genetics, Montefiore Medical Center. 

UpToDate: "Optimizing natural fertility in couples planning pregnancy," "Patient information: How to plan and prepare for a healthy pregnancy (The Basics)."

FDA: "What is the meaning of 'natural' on the label of food?"

March of Dimes: "Getting Healthy Before Pregnancy."

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: "Weight and Fertility."

CDC: "Alcohol Use in Pregnancy," "Medications and Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Siobhan Dolan, MD, medical advisor, March of Dimes; professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women's health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; attending physician, division of reproductive genetics, Montefiore Medical Center. 

UpToDate: "Optimizing natural fertility in couples planning pregnancy," "Patient information: How to plan and prepare for a healthy pregnancy (The Basics)."

FDA: "What is the meaning of 'natural' on the label of food?"

March of Dimes: "Getting Healthy Before Pregnancy."

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: "Weight and Fertility."

CDC: "Alcohol Use in Pregnancy," "Medications and Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 26, 2019

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