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    Default Tetanus Shot

    Dear all,

    I went for my second tetanus shot on monday morning. I got it on my left arm.
    By evening, my entire hand had swollen and my arm was rock solid, hot and burning.
    i wasnt able to tolerate the pain and couldnt sleep the night.
    The next morning, i somehow cooked and drove to office. I called up my doc and asked her if this was normal.
    My first TT shot, i had on my bums and it swelled up for a day or two but i didnt feel that much pain.

    Doc said it was not normal, it cud be an allergic reaction and prescribed some medicines over the phone. she suggested i take crocin too incase i develop fever as my arm was aching really badly. It had swollen and looked like an elephant's leg!!!!
    I took one tablet of the allergy and applied ice pack, after that it felt better.
    In the night, i kept a hot pack on it and applied some balm. Now, the pain has reduced and so has the swelling....

    So please girls, whoever has got to take a tetanus shot, please be careful and check with your doctor.

    Love to the other moms-to-be,
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    Default Re: Tetanus Shot

    Hi JJ....

    How are you feeling now? Hope you get well soon. And by the way are you pregnant (obviously you may be, because you posted your question in "I am pregnant forum", but your post didn't mention anything so just curious) and if you are...why did you take tetanus shot? Because I havn't heard any pregnant women taking those shots during pregnancy. Take care.


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    Default Re: Tetanus Shot

    Dear Amicable,

    Yes, i am pregnant with my second child. I am 21w3days. Here, in India, they suggest 2 tetanus shots for all pregnant mothers.

    I had it the first time too when i was carrrying my daughter. Its to safeguard oneself agasint the normal viral, cold, flu......

    i am prefectly alright now, thanks for asking. i can feel the baby kicking now and when we tried the doppler test (where u place a stethescope kind of thing applied iwth jelly over your tummy to hear the baby's heartbeat) the baby would wriggle and move awya. the doc tried placing it all over to try and locate the heartbeat. Finally, he/she stopped moving and we cud hear it.

    Doc was saying "god help u if its a boy. hes going to give u a hard time'

    U take care,
    Give us the good news soon.
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    Default TT injection during Pregnancy

    Hello Everybody,

    I am 27 weeks pregnant. I live in Singapore.I heard that in india doctors will give TT injection for pregnant ladies.But in Singapore my doctor didnot mentioned anything about that. Can anybody please tell me why this TT injection is given to Pregnant ladies? is it Compulsory? Shall i need to talk to my doctor about this? When i browsed about TT injection in internet i got this information

    "the vaccine is given straigt into your muscles in the upper arm or thigh of the leg. it is to prevent tetanus (lock jaw)usually caused from punturing the skin with rusty objects. IT SHOULD NOT BE GIVIN WHEN PREGNANT UNLESS CLEARLY NEEDED so please consult with your dr. on why he/she has decided to give it to you while preg. if you have not had any exposure to tetanus, then please do not have the vaccine unless it is essential to your child's well being, as it is not very safe for the baby. it also may contain murcury which is harmful to your child."

    Is this True? is this harmful to the baby? bec my Mother-in-law is forcing me to ask doctor for TT injection.She always tell me that doctors in INDIA will give injection to pregnant ladies it is compulsory .so ask your doctor. But My doctor never mention anything about this Injection. what shall i do? please advice me friends

    Thanks in advance
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    Default Re: TT injection during Pregnancy

    Hi Neeru,

    Your mother-in-law is right. I had taken the TT injection during my seventh and eight month.

    This is to prevent you from any illness like fever or any other serious illiness which can put your child at risk and cannot be treated at this crucial stage of pregnancy. Since there will be no medication advised after seventh month doctors will give the TT injection.

    It is safe and suggested by doctors everywhere.

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    Default Re: TT injection during Pregnancy

    TT injection is not given in some countries .
    In india its compulsory , but here in uae .. I too was not given TT injection .

    You can find out more about this with your doctor

    Last edited by jils; 28th October 2009 at 10:52 AM.

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    Default Re: TT injection during Pregnancy

    I was given TT shot in India, two dosage on in 5thmonth and another in 8th... My paed said this Injection is for the fetus.. I haven't goggled, Is it true?


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    Default Re: TT injection during Pregnancy

    Hi Tianna,

    I have already covered this in my post here.

    There is no full stop to opportunities – only commas!

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    Default Re: TT injection during Pregnancy

    Tetanus is not routinely administered in India if you have injured yourself on the roads, or scrapped your knee in a park or other public places. When you are not pregnant, I mean. Lot of doctors do, some don't. That's why the recommendation to administer TT to all pregnant women.
    In my cases, I had received 7 shots of Tetanus as the combination for Diphtheria, Tetanus and pertusis in the primary shots and as tetanus boosters later. This is the recommended dosage from Serum Institute India website
    DOSAGE
    The full basic course of immunisation against tetanus toxoid consists of three primary doses of 0.5ml at least four weeks apart, followed by booster doses at 18 months, 5 years, 10 years and 16 years and then every 10 years.
    While, my primary doses and boosters were in order, I had not received a booster in the 10 years before I got pregnant. Therefore I was given one shot at 6 months. If you have received booster shots in the last 10 years before you got pregnant and had received all 7 doses of tetanus before you turned 16, it is unlikely to be administered to you.
    And yes it has Thiomersal as the preservative and mercury is a known toxin. In your place I would check with my parents to see if my boosters were in order. If it was not I will present the information before the doctor and ask her for her/his advice. If your shots are all up to date and if you think you have not sustained an injury in a public place within the last six months, then you may in the clear and the vaccine is not needed. Your OB then is doing the right thing. Hope this helps.

    Last edited by tikka; 29th October 2009 at 02:24 PM.
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    Default Re: TT injection during Pregnancy

    Quote Originally Posted by lee50 View Post
    Hi Neeru,

    Your mother-in-law is right. I had taken the TT injection during my seventh and eight month.

    This is to prevent you from any illness like fever or any other serious illiness which can put your child at risk and cannot be treated at this crucial stage of pregnancy. Since there will be no medication advised after seventh month doctors will give the TT injection.

    It is safe and suggested by doctors everywhere.
    You have highlighted that the mother is being vaccinated from fever etc... What my Pead explained is that TT is exclusively for the fetus and booster doses are given after birth...

    Last edited by Tianna; 29th October 2009 at 09:59 PM.

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