Pregnancy is an exciting but scary time. Knowing what to do to avoid prenatal infections can help calm your nerves.
From the moment you announce your pregnancy, the advice and warnings will pour in faster than the well wishes. Take a break from filtering the good from the bad, and hone in on these 10 tips from the CDC to avoid prenatal infection:
- Avoid the Zika virus and traveling to known infected areas
- Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after using the bathroom, handling raw meat and eggs, touching soil, handling pets, & being around people who are sick
- Reduce contact with baby urine and saliva to avoid cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Avoid raw milk and foods made from it
- Do not handle dirty cat litter
- Stay away from rodents & their droppings
- Get tested for and protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Stay up to date on vaccines
- Avoid people with infections
- Ask your doctor about group B strep
It sounds like a lot to worry about but being informed about the dangers to you and your unborn child is an important part of pregnancy. Staying healthy and following the CDC guidelines can help you avoid both stress and illness down the road.
The SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB is an available resource for pregnant mothers in need of support, education, and community services. For more information on avoiding prenatal infection, check out https://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/infections.html and https://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/youre-pregnant-now-what/pregnancy-complications#4.