Learn how to help prevent infections in pregnancy and help keep you and your unborn baby safe.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
Try not to share forks, cups, and food with young children.
Cook your meat until it’s well done.
Avoid unpasteurized (raw) milk and foods from raw milk.
Do not touch or change cat litter.
Stay away from wild or pet rodents and their droppings.
Talk to your doctor or nurse about vaccinations, group B strep, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Avoid people who have an infection, such as chickenpox or rubella, if you have not yet had it yourself or did not have the vaccine before pregnancy.
Group B streptococcal bacteria (also called GBS, group B strep, or baby strep) is very common and can be passed on to your baby during childbirth. Your baby can get very sick and even die if you are not tested and treated. Take a few minutes to prevent your baby from getting GBS.
Ask your doctor for a GBS test when you are 35 to 37 weeks pregnant (in your 9th month). The test is an easy swab of the vagina and rectum that should not hurt.
Each time you are pregnant, you need to be tested for GBS. It doesn't matter if you did or did not have this type of bacteria before; each pregnancy is different.
Both babies and mothers gain many benefits from breastfeeding.
Breast milk is easy to digest and contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections. A baby's risk of becoming an overweight child goes down with each month of breastfeeding. Also, women who breastfeed may have lower rates of ovarian cancer and certain types of breast cancer.
Take a minute to make the choice that's best for you and your baby.
If you're pregnant, talk to your doctor or nurse health provider about the benefits of breastfeeding.
If you're a new mother, make the choice to breastfeed.
Contact your doctor, nurse, or lactation specialist if you have problems or want resources in your area that support breastfeeding.