How To Prevent Prenatal Infections

Pregnancy is a joyful time for moms-to-be, but as you decorate the nursery and plan for the baby’s arrival, don’t forget to take precautions to prevent prenatal infections. They can be dangerous for both mother and baby.

prenatal infection prevention

Wash Your Hands Frequently

This may sound simple, but practicing good hygiene will go a long way in keeping both you and baby free from troublesome infections. Be especially meticulous if you care for other children in your family, or if they attend daycare. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after changing diapers.

Transmission of a virus known as Cytomegalovirus or CMV occurs through saliva and urine from younger children to the pregnant mom. In turn the infected mom can pass the virus on to her unborn child which increases the risk of hearing or vision problems as well as cognitive disabilities.

Avoid Certain Foods

Bacterial infections arise when foods are ill prepared, not washed properly or contain a serious bacteria.  

Listeria is a harmful bacteria found in certain contaminated dairy foods, fruits, and meats. A pregnant woman who contracts this bacteria can pass it on to her child leading to a stillborn birth, miscarriages, and preterm labor. Hispanic women are 24 times more likely to contract Listeriosis due to certain consumed dairy products.

There are a few steps you can take to help protect you and your baby:

  • Thoroughly wash all vegetables
  • Clean surfaces after cooking
  • Always cook meats to well done
  • Avoid soft unpasteurized milk, cheeses, ice cream, and yogurt
  • Don’t eat deli meats, hot dogs, and wash hands if they are handled
  • Keep cut melons refrigerated and dispose of after 7 days
  • Do not eat raw sprouts

If symptoms like fever, muscle fatigue, and aches occur, contact your doctor immediately.

Get Tested For Group B Strep

25% of women carry this bacteria which can cause serious illness or death. A simple test will alert the doctor and specific preparations will be made for an antiboiotic during labor and birth.

Don’t Handle Cat Litter

Don’t empty or handle cat litter to avoid becoming infected with Toxoplasmosis caused by a parasite. It can also be found in soil so avoid gardening and handling soil during pregnancy.

This serious infection can make the baby susceptible to having  problems later in life like deafness, vision problems, seizures, and developmental delay.

Don’t Travel To Areas With The Zika Virus

This warning seems obvious, but since there have not been as many news reports lately about this virus, a reminder is always in order.

Talk to your OBGYN specialist about neonatal infections at our Boca Raton or Boynton Beach locations and stay aware of how to prevent any infections that can harm you or your child.


Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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