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6 Safety Tips Pregnant Women Should Follow During Monsoon

Pregnant women should follow a healthy diet a healthy diet. A healthy diet can help boost immunity that can protect you from the risk of several diseases. Here are some helpful tips.

6 Safety Tips Pregnant Women Should Follow During Monsoon

Add immunity boosting foods to your diet

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Pregnant women should follow a healthy diet
  2. Add citrus fruits to diet to boost immunity
  3. Pregnant women should follow all safety precautions

Though monsoon is one of the loved seasons, it can be quite bothersome for soon-to-be-mommies. There are many health problems such as infections, dehydration, or flu that can give a tough time to pregnant women. Not only this, it is no brainer that even water-borne diseases including typhoid, fever, cholera, leptospirosis, and vector-borne infections like malaria and dengue are also commonly seen during the monsoon. Hence, it is essential to build strong immunity and follow all necessary precautions to keep yourself safe. Here's how pregnant women can protect themselves from infections.

Safety tips for pregnant women for this monsoon


1. Maintain good personal hygiene: Wash your hands thoroughly, after reaching home, before cooking or visiting the loo. Get vaccinated as well.

2. No accumulation of stagnant water: Try to keep your surroundings clean. Make sure that there is no stagnant water accumulated near the ponds, pots or in the ground. Avoid wading through stagnant water as it can invite leptospirosis, malaria, or dengue.

3. Clean wounds: Pregnant women if you have any open wounds or cut then clean it immediately. Broken skin can be problematic as it can invite germs.

4. Hydration is the key: Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated and safe.

5. Do not eat unwashed fruits and vegetables: Always clean fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating. Also, avoid eating fruits that are cut and kept for a longer period.

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Citrus fruits can help boost immunity
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6. Eat food that helps boost immunity: Eat colourful foods that can help enhance immunity such as broccoli, carrots, turmeric, and ginger. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and can help you fight cough. Garlic can help cure a common cold as it involves a cold-fighting compound known as allicin which has demonstrated antibacterial and antifungal properties. You can add freshly chopped garlic in the soup and drink it. Ginger provides relief from respiratory problems and strengthens the immunity owing to the anti-inflammatory gingerols and shogaols present in it.


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(Inputs by Dr. Swati Gaekwad, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi, Pune)

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