Preventive measures to help ensure a healthy baby...
By Sreedevi Sreenarasimhaiah, MD
The joys of pregnancy are often accompanied by many concerns. For example, you may begin to worry about infections, and soon everything may look like a germ or virus infested place. With the right information available to you, you can enjoy your pregnancy without becoming a nervous wreck. The following information touches upon some of the more common infection precautions you should be aware of during your pregnancy.
- Urinary tract infections can be very common in pregnancy and your doctor will typically screen you for this on your first visit. Urine frequency is a normal symptom of pregnancy, but burning and pain are not. Be sure to discuss these symptoms right away, should they occur.
- The common cold and sinus infections may occur as well, these do not pose a risk to your baby, but over the counter medications approved by your doctor may help with symptom management as well as in some cases, antibiotics may be necessary.
- Toxoplasmosis is the infection that we try to avoid by advising against cleaning cat’s litter boxes during pregnancy.
- The tetanus immunization combined with pertussis (for whooping cough) is now routinely offered during pregnancy as well.
Remember: common sense, good hand washing, avoiding sick contacts and reporting anything unusual are going to get you far. The providers at Women’s Care of Wisconsin would love the privilege to take care of you and answer any questions you might have about infection precautions during this stage of your life. Enjoy your pregnancy!
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