I know most dont vax, I was just.....

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Registered: 03-29-2003
I know most dont vax, I was just.....
Sat, 08-30-2003 - 11:45am
wondering what your thoughts on this would be........

Most of you know my experiance with Pertussis and what my DD Lindsey went through. Well we are due to have our Third daughter, Jenna, in January. Though I am a vaxing parent I have ONE issue.

How the heck do I bring her into the office to be vaxed when I am scared of what she will come down with just by being there? How do I let others enjoy seeing her when I am petrified of what she might get? I mean since DH had it as well I am scared to let HIM near our little one when she gets here LOL. Seriously its been eating away at me. I am not one for being into "natural" things...but I am wondering besides the prenatal vits..is there anything I can do to help this to be "safer" for Jenna while letting people see her? Do I tell family members NOT to kiss her? Ugh...and to think it used to be so uncomplicated LOL!

Because I dont really know how Chris and Lindsey got the pertussis I feel as if I am in uncharted territory with Jenna and I want to keep her safe. Any advice would help. Again I know most of you DONT vax, and believe me I understand. I just think you guys might know more of what to do to bust both of our immunes systems to get through this before she can have her shots.

If anyone understand what I mean I look forward to your replies. My pregnancy brain is in effect lol.

Thanks alot and pray that all is well with you all since I have not been around in awhile.



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Registered: 03-19-2003
Sat, 08-30-2003 - 1:28pm
Hi Carla~ how very exciting- although I can understand your worry! I am rather old-fashioned about how very young babies are handled- and much of it has to do with the germies floating around. Her is how we did it with ours:

• No taking baby out unless to the doctors for the first few months. No stores, no church, no schools, nothing but necessary doctor visits

• No strangers touching or breathing on baby. Swaddle baby & keep her close to you. Tell them she's too little, too jumpy, whatever it takes.

• Visits only from immediate family & very close friends. NO ONE WHO HAS SO MUCH AS A COLD CAN VISIT

• Lots of hand-washing before holding baby - especially as we are contagious so many times before we realize we are getting sick

• I'm sorry, but if possible, no day care. If you have to use it, use it knowing many germs will be coming home, many of which cannot be vaccinated against.

• ABSOLUTELY NO children holding baby. She's not a toy. They catch more colds & viruses, don't wash hands as nuch, mouth-breathe more. (Your own kids are an exception- you monitor that action)

Good luck Carla~ that's a tough time of year for an infant, to be sure~

HOw are you feeling anyway?

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Sat, 08-30-2003 - 8:14pm
Hi Mikki,

Well I have to say that I am going to TRY and limit the touching that is for sure. Though its going to be hard, Coming from a large Italian family. I also wont be able to keep Lena away from her. She is so excited! Though I do have the antibacterial hand sanitizer ready lol.

Over all I am doing MUCH better now. I had a rough start, and really is been scarey. Since losing Jacob I dont know what pains are ok and what are not. So I have had two Er visits so far. I have lots of ultrasounds done to make sure my cervix is not shortning. So far so good. Jenna is doing great as of my last ultrasound and its great to be WAY past the point of loss with Jacob. After I hit 18weeks I just felt a calmness. Though I have to say at times I do worry.

Right now I am getting ready to have LIndsey's 2nd birthday. I find it hard to believe she is already 2! She wants a SpongeBob party if you can believe that!

Well I must go back and rest, but I will be checking back. Here is my email addy keep in touch. I want to know how you are doing. Clcrazyinny2002@yahoo.com

Lots of love


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 08-30-2003 - 9:02pm
Will breastfeeding, even for a few days (the first few days of colostrum are particularly good for newborns' immunity to disease) be an option? Even a tiny bit can be helpful, if you can.

I was going to add, "and gallons of Purell"...but you're up on THAT!...get a bottle for every room in the house, lol.

Good luck on a continued healthy pregnancy!



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