Raj K. Syal, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.    |    Jenna A. Everson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.    |    Holly Westmoreland, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.    |    Kellyn Rielly D.O.   
    • 11 DEC 14
    Why Pregnant Women Need Flu Shots

    Why Pregnant Women Need Flu Shots

    When you are pregnant, your health and the health of your unborn child are your main priorities.  If you have not yet received a flu shot, contact Woodlands OBGYN Associates for an appointment.

    One point you should know about flu shots is that they are completely safe for both you and your unborn child.  Your health care practitioner at Woodlands OBGYN Associates can answer your questions, but some facts can help you understand why a flu shot is so important.

    First, when you are pregnant, you are more susceptible to contracting and developing illnesses.  Even if you are very healthy, you may be at a higher risk of developing the flu than a woman who is not pregnant.

    In addition to your own risk, there may be numerous people in your life who can expose you to the flu.  This can include coworkers if you have a job, your other children who can bring illness home from school or daycare, as well as your spouse, friends, and neighbors.

    Second, you need to be in the best of health during pregnancy.  Pregnancy can be an easier, happier time for you if you do not become ill.  You do not want to spend time in bed or be at the doctor’s office.  You do not want to become physically weak and exhausted, or have your body robbed of oxygen that is of utmost importance during pregnancy.  A flu shot is the best way to ensure your health.

    Third, the flu shot you have can benefit your unborn baby.  Not only is the flu dangerous for you, it can harm your child.  If you develop the flu while you are pregnant, you are at a higher risk of premature labor and delivery.  At its worst, the flu can be fatal to your unborn baby.

    Pregnancy should be a wonderful, exciting time for you and your entire family.  You do not want to take any unnecessary risks that could harm your child or yourself.  When good health is your priority, you need to have a flu shot.

    You can request a flu shot when you have your next prenatal examination, or you can make an appointment specifically to have the shot.  It is worth the small amount of time and effort when there are so many benefits.

    You can look forward to the birth of your new child without becoming ill.  You can safeguard your baby’s health during pregnancy while you are safeguarding your own.  If you have not yet contacted Woodlands OBGYN Associates, call or make an appointment online today.

    There is never a reason to take unnecessary risks with your health.  When you are expecting a baby, you have another person’s health to be concerned about, too.  The few minutes it takes to have a shot can reduce the risk of many unnecessary complications.  You can be healthy throughout your pregnancy, and you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have made the right decision for both yourself and the child you are carrying.  Call Woodlands OBGYN Associates today!