You are a pregnant health care worker
Being a mother is a dream of all girls and having a healthy child is a crucial role of all pregnant mothers and you have to know that you are a health care worker providing care for many patients on your daily practice you have to take care of your health and provide care for yourself too you need to advise yourself same advises as when you are advising other ladies remember…you are a pregnant health care worker.
Do you know that Pregnancy does not increase your risk of acquiring of infections also do you know that clinical manifestations of infections are no more severe in pregnant women than in those who are not pregnant… in short your immunologic function is normal during pregnancy.
As HCWs you have to know that Following Standard Precautions is the key to protect yourself (pregnant/ non-pregnant) you have to be aware that we are working in risky environment and all surroundings can be contaminated with pathogen came from patients so consider all body fluids as potentially infectious and use personal protective equipment [PPE] when exposure to blood or body fluids is anticipated, this practice will protect you against most infectious agents
Additional precautions need to be considered to protect you and your fetus remember some infectious agents are teratogenic for your baby e.g. pregnant HCWs should be restricted from caring of patients infected with Parvovirus B19, Respiratory Syncytial Virus RSV, non-vaccinated HCWS (pregnant / Non-Pregnant) should not deal with patient with suffering from vaccine preventable diseases as you will be susceptible of acquiring infection e.g. rubeola, vz, and smallpox.
You have to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases before conception. Once pregnancy occurs, most missed immunizations may still be provided but should occur only after consultation with your obstetrician. However, influenza vaccine is recommended for routine administration to pregnant women at any trimester if they will be pregnant during the influenza season, including the first trimester. No evidence exists for risk from vaccinating pregnant women with inactivated vaccines or toxoids no harmful fetal effects when polio, rubella, varicella, and smallpox vaccines have been administered. Benefits of maternal vaccination include protecting the mother from disease and protecting the neonate from disease for the first 3 to 6 months of life by passively transferred antibody via the umbilical cord.
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