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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Avoiding infections during pregnancy

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Health-Net: Pregnant women are more susceptible to infections that can affect pregnancy and the baby. For that know how to avoid infection during pregnancy.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School have identified the physiological mechanisms underlying immunity so they can know how to ward off infections during pregnancy.

During pregnancy the immune system cells (T cells) increase in numbers that serve to protect the baby. However, because these cells are busy protecting the developing baby then became pregnant women more susceptible to infection.

Generally, pregnant mothers who are prone to infections caused by bacteria or viruses such as Listeria and Salmonella and potentially cause serious illness.

This study has identified that the immune cells are critical cause pregnant women to be more susceptible to infection, said Dr. Sing Way of the Departments of Pediatrics and Microbiology, as quoted by the ScienceDaily on Saturday July 23, 2011.

Dr Way said that pregnant women generally do not know when he has the infection because symptoms sometimes covered during pregnancy. Whereas delayed treatment can be harmful to the health of the mother and the baby.

But the potential immune based therapies may increase resistance to infection during pregnancy without compromising the baby's unborn, said Dr. Way.

There are some things you should do pregnant women to prevent infection during pregnancy are:
  • Maintain cleanliness such as washing hands, keeping your nails clean and always dry the hands.
  • Keeping food intake, try to consume foods that are cooked and avoid raw or undercooked food because it could potentially lead to infections such as Toxoplasmosis.
  • Keeping the environment to keep them clean so that spared from infectious diseases such as dengue fever, smallpox or malaria.
  • Maintain cleanliness of the vaginal area, especially after urinating to avoid sexual infections such as Chlamydia.
  • Conduct regular immunization before planning a pregnancy so that the body already has its own antibodies.

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