When you are pregnant, what you hear from people around you makes a difference. You want to do the right thing for your child; if someone you trust gives you advice, you listen.
That’s why we need to be sure that pregnant women get good advice.
In a study recently published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers in New Zealand found that when pregnant women got discouraging information about immunization, only 57 percent of them immunized their children on time. That means that almost half of them did not.
When the women got both encouraging and discouraging information about immunization, 61 percent immunized their children on time; that number went up to 71 percent when they got only encouraging information. So still not perfect — just over two-thirds — but better.
In this study of more than 6,000 women, health care providers gave encouraging information 100 percent of the time (for dietitians...