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Protect yourself and your growing baby from Dengue

  • The pleasant autumn brings with it the Dengue Season. The rainy season is a perfect time for the mosquito breeding. This humid atmosphere invites many mosquito-borne diseases which hits hundreds of people and even cause many deaths. Dengue during pregnancy brings greater risk of complications for you and your growing baby. Find out, how dengue harms your pregnancy and your growing baby? And, learn the ways to prevent dengue during pregnancy.

  • Adverse Effects of Dengue on You and Your Growing Baby

  • If you suffer from dengue during pregnancy, it is a reason to worry! A proper treatment and rest is very essential to avoid any kind of serious complications. Dengue during pregnancy can bring complications like:

    • Pre-eclampsia: It is a serious complication of pregnancy associated with the development of high blood pressure, edema (swelling), and protein in the urine.
    • Pre-term labour: You may give birth to your baby at less than 37 weeks gestational age.
    • Low birth weight baby: There may be a risk of your baby born weighing less than 2,500 grams.
    • Caesarean births: Caesarean births are common in ladies who suffer from dengue in pregnancy.
    • Miscarriage: Harmful dengue virus can even cause miscarriage in pregnant women.
    • Haemorrhage: Delivery while having dengue increases the risk of heavy bleeding, and you may need a blood transfusion.
  • Though, the direct transfer of dengue infection from mother to child is unusual, but in some rare cases, the baby is born with dengue or develops dengue during the first two weeks of life. Dengue in babies can be spotted with the common symptoms like fever, low temperature, rashes, irritation, fussiness, agitation, or sleepiness, etc.

  • Prevention Is Better Than Cure…

  • Dengue can be prevented by taking a few precautions, like:

    • – Keeping mosquitoes away by emptying still water collected in pots or cans in the area near your home as it offers them a place to breed.
    • – Avoiding mosquito bites by wearing loose long-sleeved clothes.
    • – Stay in cool and air conditioned place, because mosquitoes do not grow in low temperature areas.
    • – Use mosquito repellents and apply 10-30% concentration of repellent on the skin exposed.
    • – Use bed nets while sleeping to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Stay safe and stay away from Dengue and other disease during pregnancy.

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  • Happy Pregnancy!