A 47-year-old member asked:
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Can viral infections in pregnancy get transmitted to my baby?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Viral infections are common in pregnancy and can cross the placenta. Handwashing, avoiding ill people and the mother's immune system are key in protecting the baby. In general, viral illnesses in the early part of the pregnancy are less likely to cross the placenta but more likely to affect the baby than viral infections in the later half.
Answered on Aug 4, 2013

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