stop infectionsBeing sick while you’re pregnant can be miserable. It usually isn’t a risk to your baby, but some infections that make you sick can be transmitted through the placenta or during birth. Some can make a pregnant woman even sicker and could lead to complications like preterm labor.

A well-known example is the Zika virus that can cause severe birth defects if the mother is infected. Zika is transmitted by mosquito bites and has been identified in places throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America and Mexico. The best advice is to avoid travel to these areas when you’re pregnant. If your partner is visiting a Zika-infected area you should avoid having sex during your pregnancy.

Pregnant women are more likely to get an infection called Listeriosis that’s caused by eating food contaminated with Listeria bacteria. Symptoms may include fever and flu-like symptoms such as fatigue and muscle ache.

To protect yourself from Listeria, avoid eating soft cheeses that sit at room temperature or any raw or unpasteurized milk. And avoid eating lunchmeat or deli meats unless heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Immunization is one of the best defenses against infections that could harm your baby. Get a flu shot when you’re pregnant and stay up-to-date on all vaccines. It’s good advice for anyone who might become pregnant within the next 12 months.

Good hygiene can prevent exposure to bacteria and viruses that cause infections and the letters in word “hygiene” offer a great way to remember the ways you can prevent infections.

H is for Handwashing
Y is for “Yes” to prenatal care
G is for eating Good and safe food
 is for saying “yes” to Immunizations
E is for Evading others’ bodily fluids
N is for saying “No” to unnecessary invasive procedures
E is for Environmental precaution to avoid infection

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax