How to prevent HIV infection in a child during pregnancy - Everest Haber


Friday, October 13, 2017

How to prevent HIV infection in a child during pregnancy

In order to prevent the transmission of HI virus from the mother to the child during pregnancy, it is important for the parents to be aware of the basic facts of medications and following HIV regimens during pregnancy. It is not always essential that the HIV gets transmitted to the baby in womb, there are certain medication that can lower the risk and significantly improve the chance of a healthy labor.

Medicine for HIV during pregnancy should be maintained on a regular basis and following the proper guideline of a specialist doctor. Here are some of the important factors you should be aware of if you are expecting a baby soon.
  • Women who are planning on becoming pregnant should immediately do the essential tests in order to detect the presence of HI virus in their blood. If the test results come positive, you should start the medication as soon as possible. According to a recent American study, if women with HI virus follow the regular regimen, the chance of transmission lowers significantly.
  • During labor and breastfeeding, the infection might take place in the body of the newborn. And therefore, a woman with HIV should be taking proper medical treatment so that the infection doesn’t happen in the first place.
  • Substance abuse, Vitamin A deficiency, Smoking can increase the risk of the transmission of HIV during pregnancy. Therefore, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is what woman should be following strictly.
  • A woman with HIV should continue her medication even after she becomes pregnant. Or, she should start the medication at the earliest stage of pregnancy in order to prevent the transmission of HIV to the child.
  • During pregnancy, the immune system of the mother treats the child in womb as part ‘self’ and part ‘other’. The transmission can only take place of the immune system gets weaker for the mother over time and that is why proper medication and regular check-up is of utmost importance.
  • Make sure to follow the regimens as exactly as prescribed by your HIV specialist and obstetrician. Regular checkups and medical guidance is extremely important. Otherwise, unplanned consumption of the medicines might make your body resistant of the antibiotics which, in turn would prove fatal for the baby.
  • Blood testing of your CD4 count and HIV viral load should be done with each visit in order to check the progression of the HI virus.
  • During labor, the regimens should be maintained along with the detailed supervision of your specialist doctors. It is important to be careful about the medicines and the right consumption of them during this crucial time.
  • Breastfeeding might increase the risk of transmission. Therefore, healthy alternatives for the breast milk should be provided for the woman and the child so that the newborn child gets essential supplement after they are born.
HIV AIDS during pregnancy can be controlled lowering the risks with the proper medication and sustain a healthy lifestyle. This lies in your hands and your utmost care for a newborn. All the best!

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