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Is Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease Harmful To Pregnant Women?

When you have a child or are expecting a child of your own, their health and safety is your number one priority. Kids are notorious with getting sick constantly, as their immune systems aren't all that strong. But what illnesses they contract matter because they can range from mild annoyances to potentially lethal. Not only that, but the illness in question can either be contaegious or not. If it is, then that creates a whole new set of problems.

One highly contaegious disease that kids can contract is hand, foot and mouth disease. This particular illness isn't all that popular across the United States, but that doesn't mean that it's been eliminated. Children aged five and under still contract it on a regular enough basis. It's a viral infection that can bring on a sore throat, reduced appetite and fever. There's also the easy to recognize red spots, which can blister and leave a child splotchy and in pain.

Clearly, this is one disease that you don't want your child to catch. It's also not a disease you yourself will really want to catch either. If you're pregnant, you might feel even more worried about catching it. How bad can it be if you catch hand, foot and mouth disease during your pregnancy?

Generally speaking, a majority of medical experts aren't actually too concerned about pregnant women catching hand, foot and mouth disease. In fact, it's not a disease that healthy parents shouldn't worry about, regardless of whether they're pregnant or not. Adults have usually experienced hand, foot and mouth disease in their childhood. If that's the case, then contracting it again will result in nothing more than a small illness.

via Healthline

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Adults who are diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease will suffer the same symptoms that children suffer, with a fever being the most popular for the former. You may also develop the telltale painful red lesions that are brough on by hand, foot and mouth disease, as well as joint pain. Finally, you may find that it's hard to swallow. Still, this is a disease that can be easily treated by your doctor.

Having said that, pregnant women should still try to avoid catching hand, foot and mouth disease at all costs. Severe pregnancy complications such as congenital heart defects or stillbirth are extremely rare, but a fever in your first trimester may result in a miscarriage. Another risk that's brought on by having this disease is that, if you have it prior to giving birth, your child may be born with it.

If you get this disease, what can you do? For any pregnant woman who ends up contracting hand, foot and mouth disease, experts stress the important of staying hydrated and taking painkillers if you suffer from related aches and pains. Stay away from Tylenol, as it will disagree with your baby. You should also visit your doctor or health care provider for other treatment options that may work better for you.

As for prevention, it's not too hard to practice. Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If you already have kids, encourage them to do the same. Any toys, surfaces or items that your child touch should be regularly wiped down or sanitized- even if they're not sick. Finally, if your child is suffering from this bothersome disease, cease any close contact until they're better. It may not be easy or fun, but you and your unborn baby will both truly appreciate it.

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