Good Habits of Personal Hygiene in Pregnancy
We all know, that personal hygiene habits are essential, however, with the preparation for the arrival of a child, in pregnancy, some things will change. With changes here, we mean our hygiene habits in pregnancy
During pregnancy, we must take special care of our health and one way to do it is, undoubtedly, to have an adequate hygiene.
Many pathogens are going to enter our bodies through the mouth and nose, so we must wash our hands every time. Especially before and after using the toilet, before and after eating and also when we get home and when we touch someone suffering from cold or when we touch dirty objects. Hence, keeping a waterless hand wash with you every time is important. This way, in the absence of water you will not have to compromise with you as well as your babies health. If you do not get an alcohol free hand wash, you can also use a small quantity of waterless body bath to clean your hands.
It is also very important to maintain mouth and dental health. Properly washing your teeth after each meal and before going to bed and following proper eating habits can help avoid fairly frequent problems in pregnancy. In case of any discomfort, it is always good to go to a dentist.
Another issue that needs to be taken care of is intimate hygiene. Avoid douching and aggressive soaps to stay clean, remember not to clean up with soap every time you use the toilet, Use clean water to avoid the need to avoid contamination with faeces. If urinary complaints or signs of vaginal infections appear, medical advice should be sought. As we all know, water has become a limited resource for us, let’s save water by using waterless hand wash and body wash.
7 Environmental Hygiene Tips for Pregnant Women
- It is necessary to maximize the hygiene of the food with a good conservation and preparation. Avoid utensils that can transmit the toxoplasmosis. Clean the vegetables well and do not eat in places that are not trusted for cleanliness or use shared glasses and cutlery.
- Some fundamental issues would be to cook food more than 75 degrees, do not eat raw meats or fish, cook eggs well, do not mix raw and cooked products that may come in contact and keep the refrigerator and kitchen utensils clean.
- Finally we must also take care of the hygiene of what we breathe: do not go as far as possible to closed and loaded environments, or where there are toxic products and, of course, not around smoking, also avoid exposure to tobacco smoke since the risk of congenital problems associated with tobacco smoke is also real in passive smokers.
- The issue of avoiding exposure to tobacco smoke and not smoking is essential, as it is related to problems ranging from premature birth, preeclampsia, congenital defects and it can even affect the brain of the baby.
- You have to be especially careful with exposure to chemicals but, in reality, we discovered that absolute protection does not exist and there are many chemicals in the environment that can be dangerous to the fetus. The cleaning of the house should not be problematic, but it will always be better to do it with non-aggressive or even natural products.
- Regarding cosmetics, you have to look at their composition well, as some could pose a risk to the baby.
- In general, the environment or our actions can pose a risk to the health of the baby and it is convenient to be well informed and take into account the hygiene habits essential for the pregnant woman.