Vaccines Before Pregnancy

Find your vaccination record

It’s important to keep an accurate record of your vaccinations. Sharing this information with your pre-conception and prenatal healthcare professionals will help determine which vaccines you’ll need before and during pregnancy. If you or your healthcare professionals do not have a current record of your vaccinations, you can:

  • Ask your parents or other caregivers if they still have your school immunization records. Ask them which childhood illnesses you’ve already had because illnesses in childhood can sometimes provide immunity in adulthood.
  • Contact your previous healthcare professional or other locations where you may have received vaccinations (e.g., the health department, your workplace, or local pharmacies).
See our article on how to locate and keep track of vaccine records if you need more tips on how to find them. Even if you can’t find your records, your healthcare professional can still protect your health and your baby by recommending the appropriate vaccines. Answer a few questions using our Adult Vaccine Self-Assessment Tool to find out which vaccines you may need before becoming pregnant.

Make sure your vaccination record is up to date

Even before becoming pregnant, make sure you are up to date on all your vaccines. Being up to date will help protect you and your child from serious, preventable diseases. For example,
rubella is a contagious disease that can be dangerous if you get it while you are pregnant. It can cause a miscarriage or serious birth defects.

Protect yourself against rubella with the MMR vaccine

The best protection against rubella is the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine. If you aren’t up to date with the MMR vaccine, you’ll need it before you get pregnant. Make sure you have a pre-pregnancy blood test to see if you are immune to the disease. Most women were vaccinated with the MMR vaccine as children but confirm with your doctor or other healthcare professional.

Avoid becoming pregnant until one month after receiving the MMR vaccine and your immunity is confirmed by a blood test.