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Hygiene during pregnancy


During pregnancy, it is important that a woman takes care of her body. This means taking more precautions than usual. One such measure is to avoid toxic personal care products, as they can affect the proper growth and development of your unborn baby. Toxic components such as parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde are found in commonly used products such as moisturizers, shampoos, and baby lotions. To avoid these products, you should know which ingredients are worth paying attention to, how to identify these toxic products, and which natural substitutes you can use.

How to make baby waiting safe?

Expecting the birth of a baby, the expectant mother monitors her health, tries to eat right and maintain herself in good physical shape, collects information about the development of the child and care for him. What else needs to be paid attention during pregnancy so that the baby is born healthy? It turns out it's worth remembering about hygiene.

Take care of yourself

Everyone knows that the expectant mother, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy, decreases immunity. This is physiologically justified - so the mother’s body creates the best conditions for the development of the fetus . However, the woman herself during this period becomes more vulnerable to various infections - both respiratory and gastrointestinal tract diseases. Usually, such diseases do not harm the unborn baby, however, any ailment during pregnancy is undesirable, especially if it becomes necessary to take medication. How to protect yourself from infections?

Dettol®, the global hygiene expert, pays particular attention to hand-borne infections. We are used to thinking that influenza and SARS are spread by airborne droplets: we avoid contact with colds, sneezing and coughing people, we use gauze dressings, we try not to be in crowded places during periods of mass illness. All this is especially true during pregnancy. However, it is equally important for protection against respiratory infections. to wash hands!

Infectious agents await us not only in the air, but also on surfaces that a large number of people touch. These are door handles in public places, handrails in transport, furniture and counters in cafes and shops. During pregnancy, the habit of washing your hands with soap after any such contact can do a good job. If water and soap are not available, it is worth using special Dettol® products - antibacterial hand gel and wet wipes. Dettol® Hand Gel provides 99.9% hand cleanliness and a pleasant aroma, and Dettol® antibacterial wipes gently cleanse and moisturize your skin. Convenient packaging with one of these products can always be carried with you.

Antibacterial agents will also help with the risk of catching an intestinal infection - it is not without reason that such ailments are called “dirty hands diseases”. During pregnancy, be especially attentive to where and what you eat. Here are some tips to help avoid gastrointestinal illness.

  • Drink only proven water
  • Do not eat on the street, in fast food stalls,
  • Always check the expiration date of the products and the integrity of the packaging, especially in the hot season, store and transport them correctly,
  • Eat only well-prepared meat, fish, and seafood. (Juice leaking from meat should be transparent, meat should not be pink inside.) Refuse animal products that have not undergone complete heat treatment,
  • Avoid unpasteurized (raw) milk and products made from it (some types of cheese, ice cream, yogurt) - they may contain listeria bacteria, which cause an infectious disease. (Listeria differs from most other food bacteria in that it can reproduce at low temperatures in the refrigerator.),
  • Hard boiled eggs - raw or undercooked eggs may contain the bacterium salmonella, the causative agent of salmonellosis. Be careful with foods and dishes that may contain raw eggs (mousse, ice cream, mayonnaise, other sauces).

We think about the future baby

Unfortunately, there are infections that can not only cause malaise in the expectant mother, but also damage the fetus. So, you can protect yourself from rubella or chickenpox if you are vaccinated before pregnancy, or avoid contact with the carrier of the disease. But sometimes the carrier of a dangerous infection for the fetus is not a person, but a pet.

If you keep a cat at home, during pregnancy, ask someone else to change the cat litter. The fact is that the excrement of the animal may contain simple parasites - toxoplasma. The toxoplasmosis caused by them can adversely affect the development of the future baby.

If you have to keep your cat's toilet clean, touch the tray and the filler with disposable gloves only, then wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

If you have a home rodent (such as a hamster or guinea pig), ask a family member to look after him until the baby is born. Domestic rodents such as hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs can be carriers of the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, which is dangerous for the fetus.

Home reptiles (lizards, snakes, iguanas, turtles, etc.) can be carriers of salmonella contained in their excrement, so they also pose a threat to the health of a pregnant woman and an unborn baby.

Be sure to wear disposable gloves to care for such animals and wash your hands after talking with them, if you can not delegate it to someone from your family.

Hand washing will be more effective if you use one of the Dettol® products. Dettol® antibacterial liquid soap and bar soap remove up to 99.9% of bacteria, including E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Dettol® antibacterial liquid soap is available in four versions, gently cleanses and does not dry the skin. Dettol® Original Soap is just as effective and is suitable for those who prefer traditional lump soap.

We support family health

When preparing for the birth of a baby, it is worth considering what habits of your family members are contrary to the rules of hygiene, and try to change them. After all, when a newborn appears in the house, it will be too late to teach the young dad to wash his hands when he comes home from work, and remind his grandmother to do it after cutting the meat. We hope your example, convincing explanations, as well as a new hand-washing device will help rebuild your loved ones.

Indeed, Dettol®’s new No Touch automatic sensor system for anti-bacterial liquid soap is gaining more and more fans among children and adults. The "No Touch" system uses vacuum dosing, which avoids the formation of drops of soap after use, and through the transparent window you can track the remaining amount of soap. Dettol® Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap Spare Blocks come in four different flavors - the original, with the scent of grapefruit, green tea, and cucumber scent. The system takes up very little space and turns hand washing into an easy and quick procedure.

This is especially important if your family is not expected to have a first child and have older children. They also have to communicate with the baby, and they must keep their hands clean, independently, without your reminders. With the "No Touch" system, this will make it easier and more fun!

We wish you a calm pregnancy and a joyful meeting with a new family member!