Infections happen when the body is invaded by microorganisms like bacteria and viruses. In pregnancy, infections are especially of concern because they may affect both the mother and the fetus.

What Is Toxoplasmosis?

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that is caused by contact with a microscopic parasitic organism called Toxoplasma gondii. When contracted by a pregnant woman, it can pose a serious risk to her baby. ... read more »

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 »

Alleviating Cold And Flu Symptoms in Pregnancy

Cough, cold and flu symptoms are common in pregnancy. Can you take cold medicine to help alleviate symptoms or should you just tough it out? Which medications should you avoid? ... read more »

Causes - Vaginal Discharge

A vaginal discharge could be normal, but it can also be caused by a vaginal infection. ... read more »

Infections During Pregnancy

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

Health Advisory for Infection During Pregnancy

In July of 2012 the New York State Department of Health issued a Health Advisory related to an increase in the number of cases of infection due to Vibrio parahaemolyticus diagnosed in NY.   ... read more »

Zika Virus

Zika Virus (From the CDC) ... 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 »

Sexually Transmitted Diseases During Pregnancy

An infection during pregnancy is different from when you are not pregnant - it can affect the pregnant woman as well as the developing fetus inside the uterus. ... read more »

Coxsackievirus During Pregnancy

I am 20 weeks pregnant and my small child was diagnosed with a viral illness which the doctor thinks is hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) by a coxsackie virus. ... read more »

Urinary Tract Infection During Pregnancy

Some pregnancy hormones affect the bladder and attached organs, and this can increase the risk of bacteria ascending into the bladder and creating a urinary tract infection (UTI). ... read more »

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) in Children

Every Fall, doctors suggest children and at-risk adults receive a seasonal flu vaccination. The vaccination can prevent the flu or curb the intensity of a flu infection. ... 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 »

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Pregnancy

Genital warts in pregnancy are usually not a major medical problem. ... read more »

Parvovirus B19 Infection During Pregnancy

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

Chicken Pox Exposure and Pregnancy

I had chicken pox, and now I am pregnant ... read more »

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the name of a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. ... 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 »

Whooping Cough Pertussis And Pregnancy

Pertussis (whooping cough) is caused by a bacteria. Pertussis is very contagious and can cause serious illness - especially in newborns and infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Yeast Infections and Pregnancy

Yeast infections are more common during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, specifically increased estrogen which sparks glycogen production. ... read more »

Ureaplasma Urealyticum

Couples who experience infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, pelvic pain, premenstrual symptoms, or vaginal symptoms should be tested for ureaplasma urealyticum. ... read more »

Syphilis During Pregnancy

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection. It is not very common in the USA. Due to the increased risk of pregnancy complications, women are typically screened for syphilis during prenatal testing. ... read more »

Chlamydia Facts

Chlamydial infections can cause serious problems in men and women as well as in newborn babies of infected mothers. It is one of the most widespread bacterial STDs in the U.S. ... read more »

Toxoplasma - Positive Test

I am 8 weeks pregnant and my blood tested positive for toxoplasmosis. ... read more »

Toxoplamosis and Infections

The major concern and biggest risk of toxoplasma is if you became infected for the very first time during your pregnany. A simple test for a protein called IgG will tell you if you have had it before or not. ... read more »

Is Roseola Harmful During Pregnancy?

Most young children get infected with roseola, but they are not diagnosed with it because they only have a fever and usually no rash. Once you are infected, you are immune for the rest of your life. ... read more »

Campylobacter Infection During Pregnancy

Campylobacter infections during pregnancy, infections with an organism called campylobacter jejuni, are the #1 cause of foodborne gastroenteritis aka food poisoning in the United States and other developed countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO),   ... read more »

Ebola Virus and Pregnancy

Ebola hemorrhagic fever and pregnancy. ... read more »

Hepatitis A and Pregnancy

Hepatitis A (HAV) is a viral infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Other viral liver infections are caused by Hepatits B (HBV) and C (HCV) viruses. ... read more »

Cold Sores During Pregnancy

The first symptoms of cold sores may include pain around your mouth and on your lips, a fever, a sore throat, or swollen glands in your neck or other parts of the body. ... 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 »

Chlamydia Symptoms

What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?   ... read more »

Hepatitis Tests During Pregnancy

Hepatitis B infection in pregnancy can be dangerous because the virus can be transmitted to the baby ... 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 »

Trichomoniasis During Pregnancy

Trichomoniasis or trich, is a sexually transmitted disease. When a pregnant woman is infected with trich, she may be at increased risk of problems during pregnancy such as early delivery. ... read more »

Rotavirus Infection during Pregnancy

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

Viral Diseases and Pregnancy

Viral infections in pregnancy such as HIV, CMV, or parvovirus are major causes of newborn, mother and fetal diseases. ... read more »

QA Questions and Answers about Zika Virus and Pregnancy

Zika and Pregnancy What is known about the effects of Zika virus on pregnant women? ... read more »

Hepatitis E HEV And Pregnancy

Hepatitis E is a disease caused by the hepatitis E virus HEV which is a non-enveloped, positive sense, single-stranded ribonucleic RNA virus. ... read more »

Rubella Infection Symptoms

What are the symptoms of a rubella infection? ... read more »

Bladder Infections: Overview, Causes and Symptoms

A bladder infection is a type of urinary tract infection that affects both men and women. ... read more »

HPV Human Papilloma Virus Infection

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it. ... read more »

Ebola and Pregnancy

Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). ... read more »

Pregnancy and Shingles

If you develop shingles while you are pregnant, your baby will not be affected. This is because your body already contains the necessary antibodies to protect your baby from the virus. ... read more »

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