Women who get the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during pregnancy can help protect themselves from some diseases—and they can give their babies some early protection as well. This happens because pregnant women who are vaccinated can pass along some of the antibodies (proteins that fight disease) they get from the vaccines to their babies. These antibodies can give the baby some protection against certain diseases during the first months of life—when the baby’s immune system is starting to develop and he or she is too young to get vaccinated.

Read on to learn more, and then talk with your healthcare provider about the vaccines that may be recommended for you.

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