I both run and belong to several support groups on miscarriage all over the internet. I’ve seen a somewhat alarming trend on forums and blogs to make the recommendation that women NOT get the H1N1 vaccine, because some believe it causes miscarriage.
I have seen women very upset who miscarry on the day of their vaccine or shortly after. This does NOT mean the two things were connected. Thousands of women lose their babies every day. It’s sad and terrible, and I so wish it didn’t happen. It only makes sense that some of the women who lose their babies will have done something that day that will make it seem connected. Had sex. Worked out. Fallen down. Or gotten a vaccine or other medical procedure.
Right now there is one thing we do know: swine flu is unexpectedly more dangerous to pregnant women and their babies. They are dying. Not all of them, not even a lot of them, but more than was expected. So the flu itself is a risk.
- Are there little children in your house who could bring home swine flu?
- Are they in day care and more likely to get swine flu?
- How do you personally handle illness?
- Have you been prone to illness so far in the pregnancy, are you run down or fighting difficult symptoms?
- What sort of swine flu complications are popping up in your specific part of the world?
- And importantly, have you ever had a flu vaccine? Did it make you sick before?
- Do the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risk?