Personal hygiene in pregnancy
During pregnancy personal hygiene must be of utmost importance because at that point in time it’s not just about you but about your unborn baby too. Improper hygiene can lead to infections which the baby can acquire through the mother.
Follow these steps to maintain personal hygiene and have a happy pregnancy:
Wash your hands
Cytomegalovirus, commonly denoted as CMV, is a virus that spreads throughout the body across the lymphatic and blood channel. CMV spreads in the body of a pregnant woman when it comes in contact with infected saliva, urine or any body fluid. CMV risks the cognitive health of your baby along with hearing and vision impairment. So, make sure you wash your hands with warm water and disinfecting soap for 20 seconds. Do carry a sanitiser with you at all times to keep you and your baby safe and protected against all infections.
When you are pregnant remember that oral health will directly influence and impact the health of your baby. Make sure that you brush and floss regularly. It is advisable to visit your dentist as soon as you get pregnant and go for routine checkups. Poor dental hygiene of the mother may lead to periodontal disease. This disease is very dangerous as it may reach your foetus through infected amniotic fluid and risk factors like premature birth and low birth weight may heighten the impact of periodontal disease on your unborn child.
Into the 12 weeks of pregnancy your breasts will start secreting fluid called colostrums. This fluid will be consumed by your baby unless the milk in the breasts is completely formed for feeding purposes. The release of this fluid will make your breasts damp and itchy all the time. This can be prevented by using padded bra’s that can soak up the fluid. The pads need to be changed at regular intervals depending on the extent of fluid secretion. Ensure you don’t let your breast become too damp as it may lead to nipple cracks.
Be careful to consider what you clean your vagina with during pregnancy. Numerous lotions, bubble baths, tampons can lead to irritation and allergy and since the vagina is in close contact and is the pathway to your uterus, it may infect the foetus as well.
Maintain overall hygiene and shower everyday unless your doctor advises against it. Keeping your body clean will not only prevent infections but also make you more comfortable during this testing period of pregnancy.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Dec 16, 2011
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