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Malaria and Pregnancy

December 4, 2020

Having malaria while pregnant can have a huge effect on the mother as the changes a woman goes through while pregnant and the side effects of malaria can make things worse. Malaria is more common in pregnancy compared to the general population, and the treatment for it may be more difficult considering the physical changes the woman goes through while she’s pregnant.

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What is Malaria? 

Malaria is a disease transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito that contains Plasmodium parasite. It is most commonly transmitted through blood, but in some cases through blood transfusion, organ transplant, or through infected or shared syringes or needles.  

Precautionary measures: 

As malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes, it can be prevented by making sure there are no mosquito breeding spots in your house or your workspace. 

  • Make sure your home is dry, mosquitoes are attracted to dirty water
  • Keep your place well-lit, as mosquitoes tend to breed in darker areas
  • Wear light-colored clothing
  • Fully covered clothing 
  • Use mosquito nets/ repellents (especially during monsoons)

It is best to take as many precautions as possible, in order to avoid any potential growth or breeding of mosquitoes around you. Malaria may be caused due to loss of immunity, the growth of a new organ called the Placenta, or simply the weather conditions. 

Common symptoms of Malaria during pregnancy:

  • High fever 
  • Fatigue 
  • Nausea 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Muscle pain/ Headache 
  • Chills
  • Sweats

If you suspect having any of these symptoms, it is best to visit your doctor and get the tests done immediately. You will be checked for parasites with a smear of your blood under a microscope. The presence of parasites in your bloodstream means you have malaria and will be treated accordingly. Whereas, if you get at least three negative results, with a gap of 12-24 hours, you do not have malaria. It is best for pregnant women to take all the precautions possible in order to avoid complications with your pregnancy. 

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