Pregnancy is one of the most magical times in a woman's life. She is loved and cared for by everyone around her, and she takes excellent care of her health, nutrition, lifestyle, and environment. However, pregnancy is not without its anxieties, and being sick during this time can leave you exhausted which makes the body prone to infections.
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Infections during pregnancy occur mostly because the woman's immunity is weakened, giving her an accessible target because the immune system adjusts during pregnancy to defend both the mother and the fetus. As part of the balance, some of this defense mechanism is boosted while others are reduced.
Here are infections likely to affect a pregnant woman
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This virus affects the liver and allows toxins to build up in the body. On her first prenatal visit, a pregnant woman is tested for Hepatitis because carriers may not show symptoms and the virus can be passed on to the baby after birth. It is important to take the test in other for precautions to be taken before and after birth to prevent the infection from infecting the newborn.
2 Urinary Tract infection
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A urinary tract infection often known as a UTI is an infection caused by bacteria that enters the urethra and travels up the rectum or vaginal canal from the skin. The infection can affect organs in the urinary tract and if it's not well managed. it might lead to preterm labor and low birth weight in newborns.
3 Vaginal infection
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Increased levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones, along with candida infection, induce vaginal yeast infections. It is characterized by a whitish-yellow, curdy discharge and produces burning in the vaginal area. Contact your doctor for an ointment to treat it.
Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex which is spread through genital touch or oral intercourse with a partner who has cold sores or oral herpes. You may notice red sores on the vaginal or vulval surfaces develop into blisters, which rupture and become painful sores later. Herpes can be treated in the early stages of pregnancy, but in the later stages, a C section is required to avoid infection in the newborn infant.
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