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.

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 »

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 »

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 »

Scabies In Pregnancy

  Scabies (say: skay-beez) is an itchy skin condition caused by teeny, tiny mites that dig tunnels underneath the skin's surface. ... read more »

Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy

How do I get infected with toxoplasmosis during pregnancy? ... read more »

Parvovirus Fifth Virus During Pregnancy

Parvovirus B19 is a virus that commonly infects humans; about 50% of all adults have been infected sometime during childhood or adolescence. Parvovirus B19 infects only humans. ... read more »

Toxoplasmosis Prevention

How to prevent toxoplamosis. ... read more »

Chancroid

 The agent responsible for the sexually transmitted disease Chancroid is a bacteria called Haemophilus Ducreyi. ... 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 »

Handwashing With Hot or Cold Water?

Studies show that various temperatures for washing hand had no effect on transient or resident bacterial reduction. They found no evidence that hot water had any benefit. ... read more »

Parvovirus Exposure During Pregnancy

Some women are immune to parvovirus while others can become infected. A blood test can confirm if you are immune or not. ... read more »

Bacteriuria

Up to one in 10 women has asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy. If untreated, about one-third of these will develop symptomatic infection of the bladder or kidney. These infections can lead to complications such as premature labor and delivery. ... read more »

Ear Infections and Plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly is a flattening of the head and researchers have now found that it could be responsible for an increased number of ear infections. ... read more »

Chlamydia - Babies

Can babies get infected? ... read more »

Chlamydia - Treatment

If you have chlamydial infection, take all of the prescribed medicine, even after symptoms disappear. If the symptoms do not disappear within one to two weeks after finishing the medicine, go to your doctor or clinic again. ... read more »

Types of 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 »

Parvovirus B19 Infection During Pregnancy

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

Herpes Before Pregnancy

Mothers with recurrent genital herpes, herpes that they had before pregnancy, are less likely to transmit herpes to their babies during delivery. ... read more »

HPV and Infertility

Is there a link between HPV and infertlity? ... read more »

Effects of Untreated Chlamydia Infection

What are the effects of an untreated chlamydia infection? ... read more »

Toxoplasmosis - Risk Factors

What are the risk factors for becoming infected with toxoplasmosis? ... read more »

Fifth Disease Exposure

Is Fifth Disease exposure a problem in pregnancy? ... read more »

Hepatitis A Vaccination

Hepatitis A vaccine is a Pregnancy Category C medication. Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with it and it's also not known whether it can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or if it can affect reproductive capacity. ... read more »

Chlamydia - Diagnosis

A chlamydia infection is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S. ... read more »

HIV Infection Transmission From Man To Woman

HIV is sexually transmitted. That means that a woman can become HIV infected if she is exposed to secretions like the ejaculate and sperm from an HIV positive man. ... read more »

Toxoplamosis In Pregnancy

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 unborn baby. ... read more »

Strep Throat

Strep throat is one of the most common childhood illnesses. Small white patches appear on one or both sides of the throat and a fever abruptly starts. ... read more »

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

When the B. pertussis bacterium infect the lungs of a child, the result is a severe cough and whopping sound when breathing. Whooping cough can cause death. ... 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 »

Impetigo

Impetigo is an infection of the skin caused by bacteria known as strep (streptococcus) or staph (staphylococcus). MRSA, methicillin-resistant staph aureus, is also known to cause impetigo. ... 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 »

Rotavirus Infection during Pregnancy

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

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 »

Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki Disease is a rare condition with no known cause. Some doctors and experts believe the condition is an auto-immune disorder, but there is no clinical proof the condition starts in the immune system. ... read more »

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Conjunctivitis or pink eye is one of the most common childhood infections that can be contracted by touch and sharing towels, wash cloths and bedding. ... read more »

Bladder Infections: Diagnosis and Treatment

A bladder infection occurs when bacterium from the area surrounding the urethra invades the bladder. Bladder infections are relatively common and can be treated with a course of antibiotics. ... read more »

Recurrent Bladder Infections

If the urine culture is negative after treatment, but symptoms persist, additional testing to determine the cause of symptoms will likely be ordered. ... read more »

Bladder Infection During Pregnancy

Pregnant women may be more susceptible to urinary tract infections and bladder infections. ... 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 »

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 »

Cytomegalovirus Risk During Pregnancy

Congenital cytomegalovirus CMV infection affects about 0.2-2.5% of babies worldwide.  ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Ureaplasma Urealyticum

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

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