- July 4, 2016
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One of the major health risks in pregnancy is Typhoid fever. It is a condition characterized with the slow peristaltic activity of the biliary and gastrointestinal tract in pregnancy. The antibiotic resistance among bacteria salmonellae that makes initial treatment difficult and the restricted use of antibiotics during pregnancy also makes matters worse.
It is mainly caused by salmonella typhi
Contaminated food either not been cooked or stored
Dirty sanitary measures
Drinking contaminated water can increase your chances of getting typhoid in pregnancy.
Typhoid fever is transmitted by eating or drinking contaminated food or water that has been infected by the typhoid bacteria. The typhoid bacteria can thrive in the dried sewage or water for weeks. After eating contaminated food or water, typhoid bacteria enters the body and invades the small intestine thereby entering the blood circulation. The invading bacteria are taken by white blood cells to the spleen, liver and bone marrow where they further proliferate and re-enter the blood circulation.
Typhoid bacteria affect the biliary system, bowel’s lymphatic tissues and gall bladder and pass in large number in stools. The stool samples can be investigated for their presence, besides the blood samples.
Incubation period is within a week or two. Symptoms include:
Loss of appetite
Generalized pains and aches
Lassitude or lethargy
Abdominal pain and discomfort
Antibiotics that destroy the Salmonella bacteria but the use of antibiotics is restricted during pregnancy and this is the main problem with typhoid treatment during pregnancy. If you have high fever, see an obstetrician for further diagnosis and proactive treatment.
If left untreated, typhoid fever might last for a month or even more so immediate treatment is very important. It becomes fatal and can cause death.
If fever is not treated, the symptoms worsen and the infected person may:
Develops rashes on abdomen and lower chest
Have a bloated belly
Typhoid Vaccine during Pregnancy?
Typhoid vaccine can be taken orally or in an injectable form. Oral vaccine is not considered safe during pregnancy though injectable ones can be safe. Insufficient research has been carried out on the subject. Moreover, typhoid vaccines do not provide full protection against the infection. However babies after birth are vaccinated for typhoid fever within first year of their birth.
Typhoid and its effect on baby
Salmonella is a known cause of abortion especially if left untreated. The infection affects the baby and thereby putting you to risk of miscarriage, pre-mature birth or a low birth weight baby.
Septic and early second trimester abortions are common in typhoid affected pregnant women. This is so because typhoid patients are mostly restricted to liquid diet, there is a good chance that you and your baby miss out on healthy nutrition.
However, if the typhoid affected pregnant woman receives proper treatment the child born is usually healthy and safe.
Hygiene and personal cleanliness are very important aspects in the prevention of typhoid fever. In addition to this:
Wash hands with soap and water before and after every meal
Use a sanitizer if soap and water are not available
Use boiled water for cooking
Wash fruits and vegetables before cooking
Eat well cooked food as heating kills bacteria
Avoid eating raw fruits and vegetables
Avoid eating food items and beverages from the street vendors
Use clean glasses and other utensils for drinking and eating food items
Even ice can also be contaminated, so avoid taking ice from street vendors
If you buy mineral water bottles, ensure they are sealed and the cap is properly intact
Desist from drinking water from pots and public taps.
Here are mentioned some serious health ailments that can result as complications of typhoid fever:
Bone and joints infections
Infections of urinary tract