Throughout this exciting stage of your life, it is likely that you will experience an increase in your appetite, as well as cravings for specific foods. This is perfectly normal and is simply attributed to your growing baby demanding more nourishment which should provide them with the building blocks they need for a healthy growth throughout the pregnancy.
However, it is important to remain aware that it is not only nutrients that pass through the placenta to your fetus, but also anything else that may be passed along with the food that you eat, such as illness-causing germs.
As a pregnant mother, it is your responsibility to take the necessary steps to decrease the chance of any of these germs being carried with your food and developing a potentially harmful illness.
Why is washing your hands so important?
Hand washing is an essential and very effective way to prevent the spread of infection. Hands should be washed before and after there is a potential of coming into contact with germs, such as the following instances:
Eating or handling food.
Using the toilet or assisting a child in going to the bathroom.
Wiping a child’s nose or drool.
Handling garbage or dirty laundry.
Gardening or touching soil or dirt.
Coming into contact with another person’s saliva.
It is important to carefully choose your handwashing product as ordinary soap does not kill germs and thus will not prevent infections. Dettol Handwash comes recommended by Doctors as it provides you with 100% better germ protection. Hands should be wet with water and Dettol soap and then rubbed together for 15 to 30 seconds. Pay special attention to the fingernails, between the fingers, and the wrists. Rinse the hands thoroughly and, ideally, dry with a single use towel.
Dettol hand sanitizer is a good alternative for disinfecting hands if a sink is not available or if time does not allow for thorough hand washing. Spread Dettol hand sanitizer over the entire surface of hands, fingers, and wrists until dry. When a sink is available, visibly soiled hands should be washed with soap and water or with Dettol Skin Wipes.