Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
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Once you’ve informed others of your pregnancy, speak with someone in your benefits department to discuss the details of your maternity leave. Some companies don’t grant extra time if you have to enter the hospital early due to complications. Knowing the fine print can help you make the smartest decisions.
Make sure that you’re up-to-date on all of your shots. The CDC advises that all pregnant women receive an annual flu shot, since changes in your immune system leave you more vulnerable to flu-related complications.
While you’re at it, check on the status of your TDAP vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Pertussis (also known as whooping cough) has made a comeback, and the illness can be dangerous—or even deadly—in infants. Getting immunized during pregnancy protects your newborn. To play it safe, ask that anyone who plans on having close contact with your child to get vaccinated.
Finally, a legitimate reason to buy cute new outfits: Your body is going to change over the next nine months. “Not only should you expect them, but you should embrace them,” says Afriyie-Gray. To prepare, pick up a nursing bra, maternity clothes and comfortable shoes.