New and expectant moms often have questions related to vaccines as this period of life often involves conversations and decisions related to vaccines. Expectant moms, their babies, and even those who will be around their babies, may need vaccines.
In some cases, vaccines protect pregnant women as the changes related to pregnancy make them more susceptible to infections, but in other cases, the vaccines are meant to protect the baby. Questions sometimes relate to special circumstances, such as premature birth or breastfeeding, or to other children in the home of the pregnant woman or new baby.
The information below addresses each of these issues. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can help you.
Reviewed by Paul A. Offit, MD on July 18, 2018