Protecting You and Your Baby



Do not smoke or drink alcohol or use drugs while pregnant. When you smoke, drink or take drugs, you pass harmful chemicals to your baby. 


You may know people who smoked, drank or did drugs when they were pregnant and their babies seem okay, but it’s a gamble. Many problems for the baby are not seen until he or she gets older.
 
Quitting is the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby.

It is safe, and very important, for a woman who is pregnant during flu season to receive the inactivated flu vaccine. A pregnant woman who gets the flu is at risk for serious complications and hospitalization. Vaccinating a new mother against pertussis (whooping cough) reduces the risk to her infant too. Also, a woman who is not immune to measles, mumps and rubella and/or varicella (chickenpox) should be vaccinated before leaving the hospital.
 
Did you know that your baby gets disease immunity (protection) from you during pregnancy? But it is temporary protection and only for the diseases that you are immune to. Protect your new baby and learn about infant immunization. Talk to your healthcare provider today.