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February 3, 2014 by  
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Protecting the babies

BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES

For information about examinations, please contact the Las Vegas All Women’s Care offices at (702) 522-9640, or visit us at 700 Shadow Lane No. 165 (1st floor) in Las Vegas.

Most of us understand the importance of keeping newborns safe from germs. February is International Prenatal Infection Awareness Month, where we also turn attention to the risks that infectious diseases can pose to unborn babies.

First, it is essential that expectant mothers attend monthly prenatal visits, so that an OB-GYN can check for infections. The leading deadly infection for newborns is Group B Strep, and pregnant women can be tested for this infection near the end of pregnancy. Other infections that can affect a fetus include chickenpox and toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is a common infection that can have serious consequences for unborn babies. Pregnant women can help themselves avoid toxoplasmosis by not eating undercooked meats, and washing their hands thoroughly and immediately after handling raw meat.

There are several preventive measures that can be taken during pregnancy to protect babies before and after they are born. These include washing your hands. …

After using the bathroom.

After gardening or touching soil.

After handling pets.

After being around sick people.

After changing diapers.

For additional information, contact the Las Vegas All Women’s Care offices at (702) 522-9640. Or visit us at 700 Shadow Lane No. 165 (1st floor) in Las Vegas.

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