Flu shotAt my second doctor's appointment, when I was only about eight weeks pregnant, my midwife told me that I should get a flu shot -- that day. I quietly mumble-asked her if it was safe, not wanting to insult her expertise, and she chirped, "Oh, yeah," as she pricked me in the arm with a needle.
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Being the semi-neurotic person that I am, that day I spoke with a million people and Googled for hours on end, and it turns out, my midwife (obviously) was right. Flu shots are perfectly fine for pregnant women, actually recommended.
Here are five things you should know about the flu shot and pregnancy.
Why should pregnant women get a flu shot? According to the Mayo Clinic, the reason flu shots are recommended for women who are with-child is because pregnancy puts extra stress on the heart and lungs -- and it also affects the immune system. Because of this, the risk not only of getting the flu whileRead More »from What You Need to Know About Pregnancy & the Flu Shot