What infections are most dangerous during pregnancy?

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) usually infects the breathing passages and lungs in small children and infants. Adults can also be affected by RSV. Unless they have an impaired immune system, adults have usually the immunity to fight off RSV. However, young children and infants have not yet built up enough immunity so the condition may worsen and lead to other illnesses.

Syphilis is an on-going problem in Mexico. Each year more than 330,000 pregnant women test positive for syphilis. Syphilis can be passed to the infant; resulting in congenital syphilis in some cases. Researchers from Central de Investigaciones in Morelos, Mexico completed a cross-sectional study to update current syphilis status in pregnant women.

Pregnant women who experience a bacterial infection while in a hospital may be at higher risk of having a child with autism, according to a new study. Infections during pregnancy are common and most infections do not increase the risk for autism. Only bacterial infections diagnosed in the hospital were associated with an increased risk for the disorder.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This means the bacteria that causes MRSA is resistant to common antibiotics. ... read more »

Antibacterial Products May Promote Nasal Staph Infections

Triclosan is a synthetic compound used in many personal care products labeled as antibacterial. It is considered safe to use, however, recent studies suggest otherwise. ... read more »

Three Tips for Ensuring a Healthy Swimming Environment During Pregnancy

Germs present in pool waters can cause recreational water illnesses. While public pools are typically chlorinated, many public pools fail inspections and are immediately shut down for maintenance when chlorine and pH levels test below or above normal. ... read more »

Preventing Recreational Water Illness During Pregnancy

The summer months mean public pools, private pools, lakes, oceans, and river excursions. But water can be contaminated with germs that cause illness. ... read more »

Vaccinations and Pregnancy Safety

Information about vaccinations and pregnancy safety - who should have them and when. ... read more »

Pregnancy Discharge

Pregnancy discharge is a common symptom related to hormonal changes. However, the type of pregnancy discharge you have means the difference between normal secretions and potential infection. ... read more »

Infections During Pregnancy

Infections in pregnancy are among the major complications leading to premature labor, delivery, and other complications ... read more »

Hepatitis C Virus Discordant Couples and ART

When couples require assisted reproductive technology (ART) to conceive, fertility specialists must take the health of both patients into consideration before choosing the best course of treatment. ... read more »

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Pregnancy

Arthropod-borne bacterial diseases affect more than 25,000 Americans every year. Diagnosis is particularly challenging during pregnancy, as these infections may mimic common pregnancy-specific conditions, such as typical and atypical preeclampsia, or symptoms of pregnancy itself. ... read more »

Common Recreational Water Illnesses

Recreational water illnesses are contracted when pregnant and non-pregnant swimmers come in contact with germs present in treated and untreated water. Germs pose the highest risk to swimmers with impaired immune function, including pregnant women. ... read more »

Maternal Infection in Pregnancy and Risk of Asthma in Offspring

Researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine found an unexpected link between one particular maternal infection and an increased risk of childhood asthma. ... read more »

Acute Pyelonephritis in Pregnancy

Pyelonephritis is an ascending urinary tract infection that may reach the kidney. Severe cases of the infection may lead to pus surrounding the kidney, kidney failure or death. In a pregnancy setting, any infection poses a risk to fetal and maternal health. ... read more »

HIV-Positive Infant Cured

In a small town in Mississippi, a mother reports to the hospital in labor. She has received no prenatal care and has no idea she is HIV-positive. When her infant is born, HIV tests are positive and suggest the infant contracted the virus in utero. ... read more »

Lyme Disease and Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and get bitten by a tick, your anxiety may reach heightened proportions. What do you do if you are bitten by a tick and you're pregnant? Will it affect your unborn baby? Will you get Lyme disease? And what should you do right now? ... read more »

Parvovirus B19 Infection During Pregnancy

Parvovirus B19 infection during pregnancy can affect the fetus and can lead to hydrops. ... read more »

Multi-Drug Treatment Reduces Mother to Infant HIV Transmission Risk

Recent research reveals using multiple drugs after birth greatly reduces the risk of infant HIV infection. ... read more »

Childhood Infections

You've gotten through your pregnancy, dealt with given birth, and now your child has an infection. Below is a guide to the symptoms, treatment and commons questions relating to infections that may occur during childhood: ... read more »

Reducing HIV Mother to Child Transmission with Oral Zidovudine (ZDV)

Mother to children transmission (MTCT) rates for HIV can be greatly reduced with anti-retroviral medications. However, according to researchers, clinical study has not established effectiveness and safety of oral zidovudine (ZDV) in infants. ... read more »

Gestational Syphilis and Pregnancy Outcome

Researchers in Spain have recently completed a study into the effects of gestational syphilis on pregnancy and perinatal outcomes. ... read more »

Treatment of Acute Respiratory Infections During Pregnancy Important

Researchers published a study in Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology showing a connection between acute respiratory infection and inflammatory infiltration of the placenta. ... read more »

Bacterial Infection in Hospital During Pregnancy Increases Risk for Autism

Pregnant women who experience a bacterial infection while in a hospital may be at higher risk for having a child with autism, according to a new study. ... read more »

Pneumonia During Pregnancy

Contracting illness is usually out of our control and certainly not a choice, but there are a few things you can do to prevent getting pneumonia. ... read more »

Brucellosis and Pregnancy

Brucellosis is one of the rarest bacterial infections reported in pregnancy. Infection requires coming in contact with animals, animal meat or animal milk infected with the brucellosis bacteria. ... read more »

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection and Pregnancy

RSV infects the breathing passages and lungs in small children and infants. Since infants and small children have not yet built up enough immunity the condition may worsen and lead to other illnesses. ... read more »

Endoglin and Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Recent reports indicate a connection between inflammation and angiogenesis. Researchers for the U.S. Government recently published an article connecting elevated sENG (soluble Endoglin), an anti-angiogenic protein, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia. ... read more »

Impact of Chorioamnionitis on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

Bacterial infections, typically associated with long labor and bacteria that moves from the vagina to the uterus, can cause chorioamnionitis or an inflammation of the fetal membranes. ... read more »

Early Onset Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Sepsis

Group B strep can pass from mother to child during labor. In some cases, medical personnel are aware of the maternal infection and protective steps are taken to lower the risk of neonatal infection, but such steps were not always available. ... read more »

Syphilis: An On-Going Problem in Mexican Pregnancies

Syphilis is an on-going problem in Mexico. Each year more than 330,000 pregnant women test positive for syphilis. Syphilis can be passed to the infant; resulting in congenital syphilis in some cases. ... read more »

Effects of Carbon Monoxide on Cytokine Production

Researchers from various hospitals in New York recently published a report in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology claiming carbon monoxide may reduce inflammation and thus reduce the impact of the infection. ... read more »

Do I Have Morning Sickness Or Am I Sick?

Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy, but nausea can also be a sign of illnesses, like the flu or stomach virus. There are a few key differences between the two that can help pregnant women determine whether they should seek medical attention. ... read more »

Ringworm During Pregnancy

Ringworm infections can occur during pregnancy and may appear to look like large pimples on the skin. Skin may appear red and flaky, and be extremely itchy. ... read more »

Lyme Disease and Children

Lyme disease is caused by the black-legged tick. Ticks are more predominant in spring, summer and fall months, but children can contract the disease any time of year. ... read more »

Measles (Rubeola) Infection During Pregnancy

Measles (also known as Rubeola) is a viral disease that usually produces fever, cough, conjunctivitis and a red, bumpy rash, and a rash ("Koplik's spots") inside the cheeks. ... read more »

Pink Eye During Pregnancy

While pink eye can be alarming because it may make the eyes extremely red and can spread rapidly, it's fairly common. Here's what to do when you are pregnant and come down with the dreaded pink eye! ... read more »

Epstein-Barr Virus and Pregnancy

The Epstein-Barr virus (EPV) is a common viral infection. It is estimated that 95% of people between the ages of 35 and 40 have come in contact with the virus at least once. ... read more »

Mumps

Mumps is a viral infection spread from one child to another via saliva (spit). The main area affected by mumps are the parotid salivary glands. These glands are located behind the cheeks. ... read more »

Hepatitis C and Pregnancy

Hepatitis C is a disease caused by an RNA virus. Up to 70% of patients infected by the virus are asymptomatic. ... read more »

Rotavirus Infection during Pregnancy

Rotavirus is a common childhood infection that can also affect women during pregnancy. ... read more »

Premature Rupture of Fetal Membranes - PROM

Premature rupture of fetal membranes (PROM) is when the fetal membranes break prior to labor. ... read more »

Ear Piercing During Pregnancy

Pregnant women are often surprised to find out that ear piercing guns are not as safe as they think. ... read more »

Tips for Preventing Listeria Infection

Pregnant women are about 20 times more likely to contract listeria than non-pregnant women. The bacteria are often found in raw meat, raw vegetables and processed foods like hot dogs and lunch meat. ... read more »

Early Neonatal Infection Linked to Maternal Infection

  During the first seven days of life, called the neonatal period, infections are dangerous and potentially deadly for the neonate. According to a study published in PLoS Medicine, the source of infection may be the mother. ... read more »

Urinary Tract Infections during Pregnancy are Preventable

You’ve probably had at least one urinary tract infection in your life as a woman of childbearing age. Urinary tract infections, also called bladder infections or UTI’s, are common in women even outside of pregnancy. ... read more »

The Dangers of Toxoplasmosis

When you are pregnant, there is an infection you could get that is completely symptomless. In fact, most women don’t realize they are infected with it until congenital abnormalities are noticed in their ultrasounds and tests. ... read more »

What a Positive GBS Test Means for Your Labor and Delivery

What was GBS and why did my cousin have it? Did this warrant concern for her health or her baby? Did I need to be angry at her husband? ... read more »

How to Avoid CMV during Pregnancy

By the time you become pregnant, there is a 50% chance that you’ve already contracted something called the cytomegalovirus (CMV) and developed antibodies to it. It sounds like a virus that’s difficult to ignore, but in fact CMV usually comes on with no major symptoms. ... read more »

Childhood Infection: Croup

Croup is a condition that most often affects children between 6 months and 3 years of age. The upper airways become inflamed and your child develop hoarseness and a cough. ... read more »

Chickenpox During Pregnancy - How Serious Is It?

Chicken pox (varicella is usually worse in adults who didn't have chicken pox as children. It's even worse in pregnant women as it puts them at high risk of developing life-threatening pneumonia. ... read more »

Meningitis

An inflammation of the protective outer lining of the brain and spinal cord is called meningitis. The majority of cases are brought about by viruses or bacteria, although it can be associated with types of illness or medications. ... read more »

Cesarean Section Maternal Risks

Complications of a cesarean section include bleeding, infections, injury to organs, and future placenta accreta and placenta previa. ... read more »

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