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Pregnant women are likely to get infections during their pregnancy months, and they must be prevented in time to avoid them being carried over to the babies. Similarly, it is also important to be careful if you are planning to start a family, because some viruses can be dangerous, and can affect an foetus drastically if you aren’t careful. So to have a healthy baby, be aware of these tips, and you can protect yourself and your baby from infections and diseases. 

 

Avoid people who have travelled to areas with infected with Zika virus

An infection caused by the  Zika virus will cause birth defects to the baby, where the head and the brain will be smaller than normal babies. So when you are planning to travel, make sure the place isn’t affected by the Zika virus, and if you must travel, take precautions so you won’t be bitten by mosquitos and inform your gynaecologist that you have to travel, and what other precautions you must take. If it is your spouse who has to travel in an area with Zika, use protection while having intercourse would help the spread of the virus. 

 

Cytomegalovirus in pregnancy

If you are pregnant, and come into contact with the cytomegalovirus during your pregnancy, then there is a chance that it would be passed on to your unborn baby as well. Cytomegalovirus or CMV is a very common viral infection that can be passed on through saliva and urine from young children. So practicing good hygiene is very important, especially after  changing diapers. If you have a very young child who goes to daycare, and you are pregnant with your next child, then be very careful regarding this. 

 

Avoid coming into contact with cat litter

It would be best if you don’t have to remove cat litter yourself during the course of your pregnancy. If there is no other option, wear gloves, and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after you are done. Cat litter might contain a virus called Toxoplasmosis, a parasite, and it could be transferred to your baby. It could also cause complications in your pregnancy, so once again following good hygiene habits would be good. 

 

Avoid coming into contact with people with Hepatitis B

If you are pregnant,  avoid coming into contact with anyone with Hepatitis, as the baby could also develop hepatitis too. It is important to avoid touching the body fluids of an infected person, and if you have any doubts regarding that, you can always test yourself. Body fluids include semen, saliva, blood transfusion, saliva, etc. 

Chickenpox

It is also important not to come in contact with a person suffering from chickenpox if you have never had chickenpox in your life. If you get the disease, your child could get it too. You can check for immunity for chickenpox to see if you are at risk. 

Avoid unpasteurised milk and foods made out of it

Ensure that you consume only unpasteurised milk and milk products if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. It may contain harmful milk that could be transferred to your baby.

Make sure you visit your Gynaecologist for regular check-ups during pregnancy and pre-check ups if you are planning to get pregnant. Visit Naseem Al Rabeeh for the best antenatal treatment in Wakrah. There is a team of gynaecologists, paediatricians, paediatric surgeons, anaesthetists that work in perfect coordination with each other to give you and your baby the best care possible. The hospital has state of the art labour rooms and sophisticated equipment to ensure you have a safe delivery.

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