Have pets? Here’s what you need to know about handling pets when pregnant

Pets are family, even if people who do not have pets do not get that; but taking some precautions when handling pets when pregnant is better for you and the baby.

  • Take your pet to the vet and have them completely checked to see if there could be any possible infections.
  • Get your pets up to date with all vaccinations.
  • Do not let your pets jump on your belly.
  • If your pet has a tendency to jump or bite, you should begin to train him/ her to stop doing those right away.
  • Avoid clearing the poop of your pets. Cats specifically, can have a parasite in their poop which could cause an infection called Toxoplasmosis. This can be damaging to the baby’s development. Get someone else to help you.
  • Do not give undercooked meat to cats.
  • In case you have mice, hamsters, etc. as pets you need to be careful of a virus called Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LMCV) They can cause birth defects or miscarriages. Try keeping them in a separate part of the house. Most definitely wash your hands with soap and water after touching them. Keep pet rodents away from your face.
  • Wash your hands really well with soap and water after touching the poop,
  • If your pet is exceptionally close to you, try and get him/ her to spend more time with someone else in the family. This will help them adjust to the new baby later on when you will be more preoccupied with the new baby.
  • If you have children, ensure that they take the same precautions too.

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