H1N1 Vaccine stress
I have been all over the map about wether to get the H1N1 Vaccine or not. I have a good few weeks to think it through cause the version that has been approved for pregnant women has not made it to NS yes. However, I am so back and forth on this.
First of all, I don’t do flu shots or uncessary vaccines as a rule, so if it was just me then not a chance I would be getting this shot. I have been just so worried about Evangeline though, if anything were to happen to her, one way or another, I would be devastated, so I needed to feel I had done my full research before making a decision.
This is what I found out:
H1N1 does not cross the placenta, so will not directly impact baby. Pregnant women are more prone to get the worse symptoms of the virus if they get it, rather then some of the milder ones, which is why they recommend vaccination. The only impact H1N1 will have on the baby are secondary to the impact it has on the mother. I.E High fever, dehydration, breathing difficulty.
That being said, I think I am going to take my chances, take my vitamins, wash my hands alot and try to keep away from sick people. I think in a worse case scenario, if I do get very sick, I will go right away to the hospital and they can then make sure my health is stable and not having a negative impact on babe’s growth and health. I just don’t feel comfortable taking the vaccine yet, not when I am not convinced it may have more harm on babe and me then actually getting the virus.
Bottom line for me was H1N1 does not have a direct impact on fetuses, it does not cause birth deffects or lead to potential stillbirth. I just need to keep me healthy and strong, and be responsible and babe should be a-ok.
I hope I am making the right choice. This sucks.