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Gastroenteritis

Pregnancy > Health and Development > Gastroenteritis

Although gastroenteritis is sometimes called “stomach flu” it is not the same. Germs and bacteria are transferred via contact with someone already infected or food you have consumed which has contained the germs and bacteria.

The normal symptoms are nausea and vomiting but you may also have diarrhea and a fever.

Although this can pass in a day or two it is important that you drink plenty of fluids and try to replace the electrolytes lost by drinking anything which contains a mix of salt, sugar and minerals.

However, when pregnant it is best to ask your doctor for advice as in extreme cases gastroenteritis may be caused by listeriosis or toxoplasmosis which can be harmful to your baby.

In order to prevent catching gastroenteritis you should always make sure you wash your hands often and especially after using the bathroom and before and after preparing food. General kitchen hygiene is important and taking simple steps such as:

keeping hot and cold foods separate

defrosting meals in the fridge or microwave rather than leaving them out overnight

washing cutting boards and countertops often with hot soapy water

avoiding raw eggs or anything made with raw eggs can help to avoid infection.



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