As soon as those two little blue lines appear in front of you,your awareness of your own health cranks up a gear.
The excitement of pregnancy becomes a frenzy of self-awareness and being health wise. Organic fruit and veg, pregnancy yoga, prenatal vitamins. Coffee becomes the enemy.
Alcohol offers are met with a smile and yet a shake of the head. You become aware of everyday chemicals being used around you. You really try, don’t you, even if occasionally a cappuccino passes those ever smiling lips.
For every test you consult myriad websites to research, review and question exactly what you will be putting your unborn baby through.
But it is important. A mother’s health during pregnancy can affect that of her unborn child.
So you eat right, you exercise right and you get all the right vaccinations and medications.
Do I sense a hesitation from some of you?
From all of the health awareness and information overload we get during pregnancy it strikes me as strange that there is one thing a lot of mums seem to put off, or not realise is vital for their baby’s health.
It is imperative that at the top of every mum-to-be’s to do list there should be, “updating whooping cough and flu vaccines.”
But a lot of women question whether the flu vaccine is safe for their child. It is hard to find up-to-date, relevant information about the safety and necessity of the vaccine.
According to the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance it is recommended that all pregnant women get immunised as early as possible in their pregnancy.
Does this surprise you?
It really shouldn’t.
Research shows that pregnant women are at increased risk of influenza-associated morbidity and mortality.
Surely that’s a big enough deal breaker to get the vaccine.