If you are not up-to-date on your vaccinations then might be doing more harm to your unborn child than you realize. So if you are pregnant, do talk to your doctor to figure out which vaccines you need. These are some of the vaccinations that should be taken.

Hepatitis B 

Three doses are required for complete immunity. Pregnant women who are at high risk for this disease should most definitely take it.


This can be taken during any trimester and it should be taken if you are pregnant during the flu season.

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) 

This vaccination is recommended preferably between 27th and 36th week of pregnancy. It protects the child from whooping cough. However if this is not given to you during pregnancy, the bay should be given the shot just after birth.

Vaccinations to Avoid

There are a few vaccines which have a live virus in them. These should be avoided by you as it can harm your child. These should ideally be given three months before conception or just after birth. The vaccinations that should be avoided are Hepatitis A, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Varicella (this vaccine is given to prevent chicken pox), HPV (this vaccine is given to prevent genital warts) and Pneumococcal.

Also, as such all vaccines are tested for safety and there should be any problem taking it during your pregnancy. However if you are allergic to some ingredients, then do discuss it with your doctor prior to your shot. For example someone who is allergic to eggs should avoid the influenza vaccine as it contains eggs.