What is Norovirus?  

In the United States, Norovirus is the most frequently reported cause of foodborne related outbreaks.

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone can get infected and sick with norovirus. You can get norovirus from:

  • Having direct contact with an infected person
  • Consuming contaminated food or water
  • Touching contaminated surfaces then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth

The most common symptoms are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain

Norovirus and pregnancy

As of the end of 2019, there is insufficient information available of any specific norovirus complications in pregnancy. That makes it difficult to determine the specific impact of norovirus infection in pregnancy or whether it affects your baby.

However, vomiting and diarrhea can lead to malnutrition, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances and that can lead to premature labor and birth, so you should make sure you are well hydrated. 

You can read more about virus infections in general and pregnancy, though this article does not mention Norovirus.