Healthy Pregnancy

health-pregnancyPregnant? Protect Your Baby from Whooping Cough

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a serious disease that can be deadly for babies. The good news is that you can protect your little one by getting the whooping cough vaccine (called Tdap) during the third trimester of your pregnancy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that pregnant women get the Tdap vaccine between 27 and 36 weeks of each pregnancy, even if you have been vaccinated in the past. By doing so, you pass antibodies to your baby before birth. These antibodies help protect your baby in the first few months of life. Click here to learn more from the CDC about pregnancy and whooping cough.

Whooping Cough and Babies: What You Need to Know 
Whooping cough can cause severe coughing or trouble breathing. About half of babies who get whooping cough end up in the hospital. The younger the baby is when he gets whooping cough, the more likely it is that he will need to be treated in the hospital.

Every year in the United States, babies die from whooping cough, with most deaths in those too young to be protected by their own whooping cough vaccine. Whooping cough cases across the U.S. have been on the rise since the 1980s. 

Your Family Can Help   
Did you know that four out of five babies who get whooping cough catch it from someone at home? That’s why it’s important to encourage your baby’s family members and caregivers to get vaccinated at least two weeks before meeting your baby if they are not up-to-date with their whooping cough vaccines.

Need the Tdap Vaccine?  
Expectant mothers, ask your obstetrics provider about the Tdap vaccine. You should be offered the vaccine during a visit between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.

Tell your family members or anyone else who will be caring for your baby about whooping cough, and encourage them to get vaccinated by their primary care provider or through the Berrien County Health Department.

Need a doctor? Click here to find a provider.

Continue Watching

Plastic Surgery Secrets (Ginard Henry, MD)

Plastic surgeon, Ginard Henry, MD, answers questions and address concerns people may have about plastic surgery.

Wound Center: Carolyn Drier “The Path to Healing”

Carolyn Drier suffered a fall in the parking lot that resulted in a small lesion on her knee. After her wound would not heal she scheduled a visit to the Lakeland Wound Center in Niles.

Menopause: Navigating the Change (Ashley Dupuis, DO, FACOOG)

Ashley Dupuis, DO, discusses the early years transitioning up to menopause, what to expect, and specific symptoms.

Check-Up: Postpartum Depression is Not Your Fault (Meredith Sheldon, MA, LLPC)

Southwestern Medical Clinic counselor, Meredith Sheldon, talks about why women may experience postpartum depression and how treatment can help people cope.

Lakeland BirthPlace: Matt and Kristin Ross “A Wedding Day Delivery”

Kristin Ross was attending her sister's wedding when something unexpected happened: her water broke.

Provider Video Profile: Tatiyana Stankovic, NP (Plastic Surgery)

Tatiyana Stankovic, NP, cares for patients at Stonegate Plastic Surgery. She is trained in a wide spectrum of surgical and non-surgical procedures designed to enhance the face, body, breasts and skin.

Provider Video Profile: Sheena Lader, PA (Plastic Surgery)

Sheena Lader, PA, cares for patients at Stonegate Plastic Surgery. She is trained in a wide spectrum of surgical and non-surgical procedures designed to enhance the face, body, breasts and skin.

Planning Your Life Around the Restroom? Take Control!

Learn about the causes and symptoms of incontinence.

Check-Up: Causes of Incontinence (Vanessa Cool, PT)

Vanessa Cool shares how rehabilitation can be an effective treatment option for incontinence.

Think You Know All There is About Breast Cancer? (Benjamin Gielda, MD; Elizabeth Jeffers, MD)

Learn about the latest breakthrough technologies in breast cancer treatment.

© Spectrum Health Lakeland 2020