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Why wash my hands?

Created by BabyCenter

You do not want to get sick while you are pregnant.

Wash your hands regularly with soap. Encourage your family to do it as well. Keeping your hands clean helps to prevent illnesses like pneumonia and diarrhoea.

Wash your hands:

  • when you come home
  • after you go to the toilet
  • after dealing with animals
  • before cooking
  • after handling raw eggs, meat or fish
  • before you eat

Here is how to do it:

  • You need clean water and soap
  • Put a good amount of soap on to your palm
  • Rub both hands together, palm to palm, to make a lather
  • If you are using a bar of soap, turn it round in your hands until you work up a good lather
  • Clean between your fingers
  • Make sure you wash your wrists, hands and nails
  • Continue rubbing your hands, on both sides, for at least 15 seconds
  • Wash the soap off your hands with clean, safe water
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel

You could set up a wash stand, with a bucket of clean water and soap, near your cooking area or near the toilet to make it easy. Store the water in a safe place in a clean container and keep it covered at all times so that dirt, dust, insects or pets do not make it dirty.

Just by washing your hands, you can really reduce the risk of diseases like diarrhoea.

10 February 2015