9 Tips to Avoid Infections During Pregnancy


Infections during pregnancy can harm both you and your growing baby.  It is important during this sensitive time to avoid opportunities of acquiring an infection. Adhering to the following infection prevention tips will help keep you and your unborn baby safe.

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water especially after using the restroom, handling pets, preparing food, touching raw meats or eggs and when around people who are sick.
  2. Avoid sharing forks, spoons, cups, or food with other people.
  3. Cook all meats until they are well-done. Juices from cooked meats should run clear and there should be no pink inside.
  4. Avoid unpasteurized foods such as milk and cheeses.  Unpasteurized products can contain harmful bacteria.
  5. Don’t touch or change dirty cat litter. Have someone else do it. If you must change the litter yourself, be sure to wear gloves and wash your hands afterwards. Dirty cat litter may contain harmful parasites.
  6. Stay away from rodents and their droppings. Have a pest control professional get rid of pests in or around your home. If you have a pet like a hamster or a guinea pig, have someone else care for it until your baby arrives.
  7. Ask your doctor about vaccinations. Some are recommended before, during pregnancy and right after delivery. Having the right vaccinations can keep your baby from getting sick or having life-long health problems.
  8. Avoid people who are sick or have any infections.
  9. Consult your doctor about group B strep. About 1 in 4 women carry this type of bacteria, but don’t feel sick. An easy swab test towards the end of your pregnancy will show if you have this type of bacteria. Your doctor can recommend options to protect your baby during labor and after delivery.

These are just a few helpful safety tips for you to follow during your pregnancy to help protect your cherished cargo.  Consult your doctor for more information and tips to protect your health during a pregnancy.  Reference: Health – 341


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