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This week we give you some other tips on protecting yourself from infections during pregnancy.
There are several infections that could cause problems for you and your baby. The earlier in pregnancy you are infected, the more likely the baby is to be affected. Most people will already have been exposed to these before pregnancy and will already be immune, so the baby cannot be harmed. Infections which may cause problems if you are not immune include:
These can give you mild flu-like symptoms that may make you feel slightly unwell, but which can cause problems for your baby. Rubella (German measles), cytomegalovirus (a mild infection in the same family as cold sores) and parvovirus (Fifth disease) are three common viruses which you may be exposed to.
Rubella can be prevented by immunisation before pregnancy, but check with your LMC at once if you come into contact with the illness. Rubella is routinely tested in the first antenatal blood test so you and your LMC are aware of your status.
Take extra care with meat, chicken, fish and meat products such as sausages and burgers. Follow these guidelines to be safe:
Most infections are rare and unlikely to cause you or your baby harm, but it’s not worth taking the risk if you can avoid it.
Now that you’re pregnant you should avoid contact with ewes and newborn lambs. They may carry an infection which can cause miscarriage.