Handling Pets in Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Handling Pets in Pregnancy

Handling Pets in Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

People who do not have pets will never get this but the fact is Pets are family! During one’s pregnancy though taking some precautions when handling pets is better for you and the baby.

  • Have an appointment done at the vet’s to have your pet thoroughly checked for possible infections.
  • Ensure your pets have had all their vaccinations taken up to date.
  • Do not let your pets jump on your belly.
  • Some pets have a tendency to jump or bite. This is not safe and you should begin training to stop him/ her from doing the same.
  • Avoid clearing the poop of your pets. Cats specifically, can have a parasite in their poop which could cause Toxoplasmosis, an infection damaging to the baby’s development. Get someone else to help you.
  • Do not give undercooked meat to cats.
  • Pets such as mice, hamsters, etc. could make you vulnerable to the virus called Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LMCV) They can cause birth defects or miscarriages. Try keeping them in a different part of the house. Wash your hands well with soap and water after touching them. Keep pet rodents away from your face.
  • Wash your hands really well with soap and water in case you do touch the pets poop.
  • Get your pet to spend more time with someone else in the family if he/she is particularly close to you. Post the baby when you will be preoccupied with the new born this training will help your pets adjust.
  • Ensure children (if any) take the same precautions too.

And remember handling pets when pregnant is not easy and can be very frustrating, ask someone for help and take a break from pet-mommy, if you need to for a day or two, although we know you love your pets dearly.