HIV and Pregnancy: Tips for Pregnant Women Who are living with HIV

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If you are pregnant women and one of those HIV singles or living with HIV, then there is a possibility that your child might get affected with HIV. However, one need not worry as by taking necessary precautions, we can save the child.

In this article, for all those women who are HIV singles or living with HIV, we are going to provide you with some brilliant tips. It helps you to maintain your child healthy and lead a fruitful life.

Use Medication:

One of the nightmares for the HIV singles or the people living with HIV is that it is not curable. To lower the risk of your child getting affected with HIV, one can use antiviral drugs.

This drug will not entirely cure your baby, nut reduces the risk of getting affected with HIV. It doesn’t cause any major side effects to the baby. It has been in practice for the last 20 years and there were no major concerns reported. However, we advise you to consult your doctor once.

Protect Your Baby during Delivery

Delivery can play a crucial role in protecting your child. In many HIV singles, the HIV virus flows in the blood and in a few cases it is undetectable.

To reduce the risk of passing HIV to your baby, vaginal delivery is the best way. Caesarian section is considered when you don’t have an undetectable viral load. Consult a doctor and he or she will offer you the best way to deliver.


Don’t Breastfeed Your Newborn Child:

HIV is contagious virus and as HIV singles don’t breastfeed your baby. If you breastfeed your child, then there is a chance that the HIV virus might inject into your child’s body.

As your living with HIV, Breastfeed is dangerous. Consult your and child’s doctor, and take appropriate steps.

Always consult a doctor

Even after the child’s birth, it is advised you to consult a doctor on a regular basis. As you are one of those HIV singles and living with HIV, going for a regular checkup might help you.

Not only you, take your child and test him or her. Usually, three blood tests are done to verify whether your child is living with HIV or not, they are

  • Within the first few days or a few weeks after the child is born
  • At 1 or 2 months of age
  • At 4 or 6 months of age

Follow the aforementioned tips, to make sure your child is living happily and is protected from the deadly HIV virus.