During pregnancy your body is more sensitive than usual. That is why bacteria and virus are more likely to be caught on to pregnant women. Most babies aren’t harmed if the mother has an infection but in some cases the infection is transmitted to babies also through placenta. It totally depends upon the seriousness of the infection. Some of them might not need any treatment but if the condition is serious it needs to be medically treated.
You are more likely to catch infections because of the hormonal changes that are taking place in your body during pregnancy. Your immune system may also change because it will start defending your body against all the harmful infections. Some infections can make you sicker and can lead to preterm birth.
Here is a list of infections that might cause problems in your pregnancy
- Group B streptococcus
- Chicken pox
- Zika virus
- Urinary tract infection
- Hepatitis B
- Dengue fever
What happens to the mother?
Some infections only effect the mother and they can be cured easily, however it become excessively problematic because you have to deal with infections when your body is already going through so many physical changes
What happens to the baby?
Some infections like toxoplasmosis can cause serious consequences in your pregnancy because your baby also gets effected. Though there are cures for these but there are some serious chances of miscarriage or premature birth.
How to prevent it?
Precautions is all you need to take during pregnancy. It is necessary for you to take care of your body for the healthy growth of your baby. Here are a few tips:
- Keep your diet healthy. Avoid eating raw and uncooked food. Make sure that your food is completely cooked.
- Wash your hands before and after eating and also after using the toilet
- Make sure your utensils are clean and don’t share them either.
- Keep your vaccines updated
- Don’t clean any animal litter specially cat
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