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Do you have questions about vaccinations in pregnancy? Ask the Public Health Scotland experts
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CeriMumsnet · 09/03/2022 11:40

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Are you unsure which vaccines you’re eligible for in pregnancy, or at what stage you should receive them? Perhaps you have concerns about how vaccinations might affect your pregnancy or breastfeeding?

  • Public Health Scotland has invited specialists in midwifery, obstetrics and public health to answer your questions on vaccinations for Covid-19, flu and whooping cough during pregnancy.
    -The experts will be back to answer some of your questions over the next few weeks. So don’t be shy, feel free to ask away!

    Meet the experts

    Bobbie Coughtrie - Senior Charge Midwife, now working as Screening Improvement & Development Manager at NHS Ayrshire and Arran
    'I’ve worked in a variety of settings, including community, antenatal/postnatal, and intrapartum care. Midwifery encompasses everything I value. I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to advocate for women, and their families, during a pivotal time in their lives. I am passionate about empowerment and supporting individuals to have the pregnancy and birth they desire. I consider myself to be an ambassador for exceptional and accessible midwifery care for all'

    Karen McAlpine - Midwife, Senior Educator at NHS NES
    'I originally trained to be a midwife in Glasgow in 1990, which began my 32-year career in the role. After working in the city I finally set up home and family in the West coast of Scotland, Argyll and Bute, where I continued my midwifery career in a remote and rural community maternity unit for over 20 years. I now work for NHS Education for Scotland as a Senior Educator and provide maternity and neonatal clinical skills training'

    Dr Sarah Stock - Consultant Obstetrician and Subspecialist in Maternal and Foetal Medicine at Edinburgh Usher Institute
    'My aim is to improve care options for pregnant women and develop strategies that improve the health of their young children. I have a laboratory science background and now primarily focus on carrying out clinical trials and analysing data from across the world to help develop the care of women. My specialist and subspecialist clinical training was undertaken in Edinburgh, with periods in Glasgow, London and Australia'

    Dr Rachael Wood - Consultant at Public Health Scotland and the University of Edinburgh
    'I’m a public health doctor who works in maternal and child health, and currently I co-lead the COVID-19 in Pregnancy in Scotland (COPS) study. Our study monitors COVID-19 infection and vaccination in pregnant women in Scotland. Our findings are helping us to understand both the impact of infection during pregnancy on mums and babies, and the safety and effectiveness of vaccination during pregnancy'

    Here’s what Public Health Scotland has to say

    ^'If you live in Scotland and are pregnant, you’re eligible to get the COVID-19, flu and whooping cough vaccines. We know there’s a lot of information out there (and everyone has an opinion!) so we’re giving you the opportunity to put the questions that really mean a lot to you to a panel of trusted experts...If you have any immediate questions that just can’t wait, or you’d just like to find out more information on vaccines and pregnancy in Scotland, you can visit //www.nhsinform.scot/vaccinesinpregnancy'^

    Thanks!
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Do you have questions about vaccinations in pregnancy? Ask the Public Health Scotland experts
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BristolMum96 · 10/03/2022 17:12

Is the covid vaccine safe to have on the same day as the regular pregnancy schedule of vaccinations? Such as whooping cough?

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Barrawarra · 10/03/2022 21:27

What’s the most recent data about how omicron specifically is affecting pregnant women and babies?

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willowtree95 · 11/03/2022 09:08

I'm pregnant with my second child Is it worth giving my child who has not yet had chickenpox the chickenpox vaccine to protect my unborn baby? It's likely he will catch it before the baby is born through nursery etc

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ohdannyboy · 13/03/2022 08:21

What are the latest statistics on the levels of protection against the latest and most prevalent virus please - I've heard differing stats

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lovemyflipflops · 13/03/2022 08:23

I am double but not triple jabbed - how long can I wait before the protection gets too low to put me at risk of contracting Covid ?

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littlecottonbud · 13/03/2022 08:25

Does having vaccines during pregnancy in the third trimester give any extra protection to the baby, if so how much ?

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ButterOllocks · 13/03/2022 10:52

I was double jabbed before giving birth, I'm now triple jabbed, what protection would by baby have and for how long - if the antibodies went through to him, and do you know if there is still plans to have an annual covid booster ?

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Chicken669 · 14/03/2022 17:08

Hi - I’ve had the covid vaccine three times and every time I had quite bad side effects with feeling flu like, achy, headache etc. Do the side effects affect the baby at all?

And will pregnant people be getting called for boosters soon?

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jacqui5366 · 14/03/2022 18:13

I am really unsure about what vaccines I have, and more importantly those I have not - I've changed doctors twice in 10 years, how easy is it to find out what vaccinations you've had and what you need to have for future protection. (I've had 2 covid jabs - but not the booster.)

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pushchairprincess · 14/03/2022 19:50

You mention whooping cough, I've asked my mum, and she thinks I have not had this vaccine - I've had every other one. What is the risks of not having this vaccine, and what harm would contracting whooping cough have on a pregnancy ?

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hannahbjm · 15/03/2022 10:28

Does having the flu vaccination pass onto babies immunity and if so for how long? Thanks

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Carriecakes80 · 15/03/2022 20:50

I know I didn't have the Whooping cough jab as a baby because back in the 80's Drs told my Nurse Mum that because I suffered from febrile convulsions from birth due to ear problems (I believe) and then I got whooping cough! So, just wondering if the vaccine for Whooping cough does make convulsions worse, or if the data has changed in the last 40 odd years! :-)
Incidentally I'm getting my whooping cough jab tomorrow as I'm 29 weeks pregnant with my fifth!

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Woodnine · 16/03/2022 07:17

@CeriMumsnet will anyone be coming back to answer these questions? It’s been a week!

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sanpellegrinocinnamonbun · 18/03/2022 16:09

I don't usually get the flu vaccination, but should i be considering it now I'm pregnant?

And question number 2, has there been any research on the effect of covid-19 vaccinations on breastfeeding?

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Summermum2022 · 19/03/2022 19:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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KeepingAnOpenMind · 20/03/2022 19:24

So you are advising pregnant women to take a new vaccine but a glass of wine or unpasteurised cheese are dangerous. Righty ho.

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CeriMumsnet · 21/03/2022 09:53

[quote Woodnine]@CeriMumsnet will anyone be coming back to answer these questions? It’s been a week![/quote]
Hi @Woodnine, absolutely - the experts are currently working on the answers and will be back to post them by the end of the month. Thanks!

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Bryb · 21/03/2022 16:37

Hi, I've just found out that I'm pregnant, is there a particular stage of pregnancy you would recommend having these vaccines?

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MayaWasSackedForGCBeliefs · 22/03/2022 10:07

When I had my first child at 40 I was immune from rubella having been vacinated around age 12. When I had my 2nd child at 43 I had no immunity to rubella - women aren't tested for rubella immunity until they are pregnant when it is too late to be vaccinated. this was a very worring time as there were outbreaks of rubella around me due to lower vaccinations rates in children. I was given a further rubella vaccination shortly after giving birth - thankfully to a heathy baby.

As more and more women in their 40's are having children I think my experience of lost/waned immunity from childhood vaccinations is probably not unusal.

Is there a need for more awareness around this issue? Perhaps rubella immunity testing should be offered to women more routinely?

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Suzyinthesummertime · 22/03/2022 23:06

I'm pregnant and don't need any cohersion, sorry, 'advice' on having the jab. It's simple, I won't be having it. I can't think of anything more irresponsible. At a time when we and our growing child are so vulnerable you want me to introduce an unknown cocktail of God knows what into my system, which hasn't been tested long term and has already been shown to have adverse outcomes in countless pregnancies? No thanks. These 'experts' don't know what it contains either or what the short or long term effects may be. You must be joking

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Suzyinthesummertime · 22/03/2022 23:07

*coercion

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fineappleglasgow · 22/03/2022 23:45

I was wondering about pregnant women being offered a second booster jab.

We are not in the eligible criteria for this at present. I am a health/social care worker, also with a long term medical condition and am pregnant. Despite these three areas of risk I am not eligible for a booster going into the third trimester, and I had my booster in September so I imagine my immunity has waned.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated! My midwife and also occupational health both seemed confused when I asked.

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AGC21 · 23/03/2022 09:18

Would you recommend continuing breastfeeding whilst pregnant? Some of my friends are currently doing so, when they recently had their booster but I am a bit cautious!

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rosiegoodwin5432 · 23/03/2022 09:22

It seems like a lot of people are getting Covid again, will there be another booster available? What is the best way to protect myself while pregnant?

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basdad · 23/03/2022 09:43

Are the side effects of the vaccine risky in early pregnancy? Like having a fever aches and pains ect

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