Being pregnant is amazing for a lot of reasons. It is simply magical to experience a life growing within you. However, baby bump time is also a vulnerable period for mothers because a lot of changes in their body make them susceptible to various infections. Sometimes these infections pose a threat not just to the mom but to the baby as well and it is important to be more conscious of protecting yourself.
Here are some tips to help…
1. Maintain good hygiene.
Wash your hands often—especially when you are around or caring for children, before and/after using the bathroom, handling food or even blowing your nose. If there is no soap/water, us a hand sanitizer.
2. Cook your meat until it is well done.
The juices should run clear and there should be no pink inside. Avoid hot dogs, suya or other undercooked meat unless they are reheated until steaming hot because they might contain harmful bacteria.
3. Avoid unpasteurized (raw) milk and eggs.
Do not eat soft cheeses unless they have labels that say they are made from pasteurized milk. Unpasteurized (raw) products can contain harmful bacteria.
4. Ask your doctor about Group B streptococcus (GBS).
About 1 in 4 women carry GBS but do not feel sick but an easy swab test near the end of your pregnancy will show if you are infected. Talk to your doctor about how to protect your baby during labour.
5. Talk to your doctor about vaccinations.
Some vaccines are recommended before you become pregnant, during pregnancy, or right after delivery. Having the right vaccinations at the right time can help keep you healthy.
6. Get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Some people that have STIs do not feel sick or have any symptoms. It is important to know if you have an STI when you’re pregnant because this can have serious effects on you and your baby.
7. Avoid people who have an infection.
This is especially true for infections like chickenpox or rubella. Chickenpox can cause pregnancy complications/birth defects & rubella can put you at risk for miscarriage or stillbirth. Same applies to COVID-19.
Infections during pregnancy can hurt both you and your baby. Thankfully, you can improve the chances that your baby will be born healthy by taking these precautions and making healthy choices.
Also read: 5 Healthy Foods To Eat During Pregnancy