Hygiene and infections
An infection can have bad consequences for yourself and for your unborn baby. Our midwives have established a few simple rules and measures that help you prevent infections.
- Always wash your hands before and after cooking food, visiting the bathroom, changing diapers and gardening;
- Cook meat, fish and shellfish until they are well done;
- Do not eat raw meat products such as raw beef sausage and steak tartare;
- Do not drink raw, unpasteurized milk;
- Do not eat cheese made of raw milk (‘au lait cru’);
- Make sure your fridge is cold (2-7 ° C) and clean it daily;
- Clean fresh products such as fruit and vegetables (also pre-washed lettuce) thoroughly using running water;
- Use gloves when gardening and avoid contact with sand in sandpits. This reduces the chance of ingesting sand or soil contaminated with Toxoplasma or Listeria;
- Do not clean the cat litter box, as Toxoplasma can be found in cats’ stools. If you do clean the cat litter, do it daily, because Toxoplasma’s “eggs” are only dangerous after one day. Wear gloves;
- Avoid direct contact with goats and sheep that have just given birth and always wash your hands after touching animals at a farm or petting zoo.
What do you have to be mindful of during the pregnancy?
Unfortunately, not all infections are completely unavoidable, but unfortunately not all infections are dangerous. A cold doesn’t hurt, for instance. Some infections can have severe consequences, though. Measles during pregnancy can lead to a miscarriage or premature birth, and rubella can cause birth defects.
An infectious disease is caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. Among these pathogens, there are a few that can cause problems during pregnancy. Below are the most common infections and infant diseases. If you have any doubts or questions, please contact our practice!