Infections Affecting Pregnant Women

By Refadoc, Posted on : Monday, 09 March 2015 - 11:39 am IST

It is no fun being sick. And especially when you are pregnant, being sick should be the last thing that you should be thinking about. Being sick while you are pregnant does not only affect your health, but it can affect the health of your unborn child as well. However, it is a piece of good news that you might be immune to a number of contagious conditions beforehand.

It is also a less known fact that most babies are not harmed if their mother is suffering from an infection during the course of the pregnancy. However, some infections can be transmitted from the mother to the unborn child via the placenta or during childbirth. When this happens, it may pose a great risk for the baby. Certain infections also lead to complications during the course of the pregnancy such as Preterm labor.

It is quite difficult to get rid of all infections during the course of the pregnancy. However, there are some steps which you can take in order to prevent these infections and to reduce the risk of you contracting these conditions. Getting proper prenatal care is very important. Simple blood tests are able to tell if you are immune to certain conditions such as Chicken Pox and Rubella. You can also get tested for some other conditions such as Urinary Tract Infections, Hepatitis B or HIV.

Basic health measures such as washing your hands properly, not sharing food items and using gloves while gardening can go a long way to protect you from a lot of infections. Here is a list of some infections which can affect you during the course of your pregnancy:

  •          Bacterial Vaginosis
  •          Chicken Pox
  •          Chlamydia
  •          Flu
  •          Gonorrhea
  •          Hepatitis B
  •          Herpes
  •          HIV
  •          Listeriosis
  •          Rubella
  •          Syphilis
  •          Urinary Tract Infections

In case you are feeling sick or have been exposed to any contagious disease, it is recommended to check in with your doctor as soon as possible.

 

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