How to prevent Rubella in pregnancy?
Patients experience flu-like symptoms caused by a virus called rubella. It can affect people of any age group. The symptoms are similar to any febrile illness so it is usually ignored thinking it to be a flu or a minor cold and cough. However, if a pregnant woman is affected by rubella, there are high chances of pregnancy loss or abortion. Most of the times if the baby is born, there are huge chances of the baby having congenital rubella syndrome. Here, I will put together a few prevention tips for rubella infection in pregnant moms.
Symptoms of Rubella Infection:
Rubella causes skin rashes and emergence of flu-like symptoms in the infected person as follows:
- Mild low fever
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Blocked nose
- Reddish or Inflammated or swollen eyes
- Frequent Headaches
- Muscle pains
- Reddish pink rashes on face spreading towards your whole body
- Abortion during pregnancy
Will rubella infection affect my baby?
Rubella is an air-borne condition so it can easily enter in the bloodstream. Hence, there are higher chances of your baby having congenital rubella syndrome. To prevent rubella, you should get a vaccination done in your childhood. If you missed it, you can get yourself vaccinated even at a later age. The Indian Government recommends all women in their reproductive age to get a rubella vaccination before planning for pregnancy. However, if you are not vaccinated for rubella and wish to keep your baby away from it, here’s what you can do:
Get yourself vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) one month before planning for pregnancy.
Once you conceive, get yourself tested for rubella during antenatal visits. Also, follow the below precautions:
- Stay away from person infected with rubella.
- Take immediate action by visiting your doctor if you came in contact with rubella.
Get yourself vaccinated for rubella infection post child birth. This will protect your baby from catching rubella infection.
Prevention Tips for Rubella:
Get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine done between 12-15 months of birth followed by another vaccine in 4-6 years old of age. Eat healthy, maintain good hygiene, take enough sleep, drink lots of water and do regular exercise. This will strengthen your immune system and keep away rubella.
Rubella affects both you and your growing baby, especially in the initial pregnancy phase. The early symptoms of rubella can be impossible to defect but it is vital to take proper medical care and attention if rubella is suspected when pregnant.
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