Know how to help prevent some of the most common prenatal infections!
Q: What do lunch meat and kitty litter have to do with pregnancy?
A: Precautions during pregnancy!
Avoid eating lunch meat unless steaming hot just before serving and have someone else change your cat’s litter box!
#PreventPrenatalInfections #Listeriosis #Toxoplasmosis
Find out more behaviors to help protect your unborn baby in our Prenatal Infection Prevention handout using the word “HYGIENE” to help you make these behaviors routine!
Downloadable 8 1/2″ x 11″ Prenatal Infection Prevention poster
Downloadable 8 1/2″ x 11″ Prenatal Infection Prevention poster and companion handout, perfect for posting on bulletin boards!
Fun for children! Teach your children how to set the table (washing their hands first to prevent the spread of germs!) with a downloadable placemat for them to color. CMV and GBS prevention info is on the back for parents and caregivers!
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month with Dr. Jamie McGregor — “Doctors of the USA welcomes Dr. Jamie McGregor, a retired Ob/Gyn/infectious disease specialist on the Group B Strep International board, an internationally known clinician and expert consultant, to talk about the epidemiology of GBS. Listen in as he shares how it can be prevented and the treatment options available.”PowerPoint presentation by GBSI, “Advocating for Your Unborn Child during Pregnancy and Beyond — Know How to Help Protect Your Baby from Infection.”
Many types of prenatal infections can be prevented with healthy pregnancy habits remembered by using the mnemonic "HYGIENE"
|Behavior:||To Help Avoid:|
|H||Handwashing helps!||Listeria monocytogenes
Enteropathogens such as E.coli and Salmonella ssp.
|Y||Yes to early prenatal care |
(dental care, too!) and
screenings including a
urine culture for GBS and
|Group B strep (GBS)
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) 1-6
Hepatitis A, B, C
Severe periodontal disease
|G||Good food: safe selection/|
Toxogenic E. coli
Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis also known as whooping cough ("Tdap" vaccine)
|E||Evade others' bodily fluids||Herpes (HSV) 1 and 2
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Fifth disease (HPV B-19)
|N||No to unnecessary invasive|
Avoid being bitten by
mosquitoes by using CDC-
recommended and EPA-
approved repellants as well
as using mosquito netting
when sleeping outside or in
a room that is not well-screened
Avoid ticks by walking in the
center of trails
Avoid contact with rodents,
including pet hamsters and
West Nile virus
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)
Video by Dr. James A. McGregor, “Ultrasound Illustration of the Functional Connectedness of the Lower and Upper Reproductive Tracts.”
The ultrasound clips in this footage illustrate how active uterine transport, also known as “up-suck”, can help infectious microorganisms cross the mouth of the womb and even intact membranes. This is significant as it demonstrates how invasive procedures such as membrane stripping can transport infectious microorganisms into the lower uterine segment potentially causing intrauterine infection and death in unborn babies.
PowerPoint presentation by GBSI, “Key Subtitles for Ultrasound Illustration of the Functional Connectedness of the Lower and Upper Reproductive Tracts.”
These slides have key subtitles for the ultrasound clips in the above video for those unfamiliar with uterine ultrasounds.
Understand the role of vaginal health in prenatal infection prevention:
- Self-Care-Program for pregnant women. Learn how to help prevent premature births and identify the risk of vaginal infection. Prof. Erich Saling MD FRCOG, Jürgen Lüthje MD and Monika Schreiber MD Institute for Perinatal Medicine, Berlin, Germany (Translation into English: Amos Grunebaum MD FACOG, Cornell University, New York).
- “Indication for use of vaginal pH test in U.S. by women who have normal menstrual periods or who may currently be pregnant.”
- PowerPoint presentation by Dr. James C. Caillouette, “A Call to Action: Vaginal pH Level and its Role in Women’s Health and Safety”. This presentation is also available as a PDF.
- A prospective study of vaginal pH as a predictor of preterm delivery A. Jazayeri, H. Arnold, M. K. Jazayeri and W. N. Spellacy Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 2002, Vol. 11, No. 1, Pages 30-33
- Ob-gyns call for BV screening Bacterial vaginosis link to early labor is confirmed Denise Mann, Medical Tribune, Obstetrician and Gynecologist Edition, January 25, 1996, Volume 3, Number 2 2002, Vol. 11, No. 1, Pages 30-33
Mystic mom raising awareness about potentially deadly virus
By Jocelyn Maminta Medical/Health Reporter. Published:
Mystic Mom Raises Awareness of ‘Stealth Virus’ That Can Catch Pregnant Women Unaware
By Erik Ofgan. Feb 26, 2015