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Fetal infections: Infections occurring to fetusGet a more detailed answer ›
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Cultures.: Blood and cervical cultures are useful to determine intraamniotic infection, however clinical criteria are sufficient to clinch the diagnosis and prompt expert medical care is required in those cases. ...Read more
Calcifications.: One may see fetal intracranial hyperechogenic foci or calcifications and ventricular dilatation on prenatal ultrasound, and these are poor prognostic signs. Intrahepatic densities, increased thickness and hyperdensity of the placenta, ascites, and rarely pericardial and pleural effusions have also been observed. Fetal demise and poor fetal growth are not as likely. ...Read more
Here are dietary recommendations for people at high risk of listeriosis including pregnant women.
* avoid soft cheeses
* avoid foods from delicatessen counters, e.g., prepared salads, meats.
* avoid raw or unpasteurized milk
* avoid refrigerated pates and other meat spreads
* cook leftover foods or ready-to-eat foods until steaming hot before eating. ...Read more
Yeast and fetus: When you are pregnant - the uterus is a "sealed" container - so the only way a fetus would be affected is by absorbing any medication through the maternal blood stream via the placenta. Topical antifungal creams are generally safe to use in pregnancy since very little adsorption of the medicine occurs. But before using any meds while pregnant check with your doctor. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: Neonatal herpes simplex virus is a serious, life-threatening infection usually acquired during birth from contact with infected maternal genital secretions. Primary maternal hsv infection is a rare occurrence during pregnancy, and hsv type 1 (hsv-1) neonatal disease after primary maternal hsv gingivostomatitis during pregnancy has not been reported in detail. The major risk is in delivery. ...Read more
All or nothing.: At that early embryonic stage of development, noxious insults result in pregnancy loss or no consequences. If you are already 32 weeks pregnant, my guess is that you are out of the woods. Talk to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist for detailed ultrasound so as to assess fetal growth and anatomy and reassure yourself. ...Read more
Probably not.: But any infection can sneak anyplace. So, getg it taken care of. ...Read more
Uterine infection: The risk for infection does increase with an abnormal pregnancy. In the case of a retained fetus, the assumption is that the fetus is not alive and that there has been passage of at least some of the uterine contents - a partial miscarriage. In this case the likeihood is that eventually an infection would develope in the uterus - called chorionitis, amnionitis, or endomyometritis. ...Read more
Not likely: If you didn't know you had a bladder infection then you didn't have a bladder infection. In other words you had bacteria in the urine without symptoms. This condition poses a potential risk in pregnancy if it develops into a severe (febrile) infection (which by definition is bacteria in the urine causing symptoms). Pregnant women should have bacteriuria treated with or without symptoms. ...Read more
No: Yeast infections are very common during pregnancy and there is no evidence that shows having a yeast infection during pregnancy will harm a fetus. However, recent research is looking into the possibity of yeast infections being associated with preterm birth. This possible association should be discussed with your obstetrician. ...Read more
Can my fetus be more susceptible to infection or disease if I am taking an immunosuppressive like cyclosporine?
No: Very minimal amounts of Cyclosporine actually cross the placenta. Your baby should not be at any increased risk of infection. There have been reports of an increased risk of preterm delivery and smaller babies. Some of that may be related to whatever condition the woman was on Cyclosporine for. ...Read more
If I had vaginosis for 2 months of my pregnancy. Can this infection spread to my fetus? If so, what damage can it cause?
Virus infection: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an infection of the unborn baby which can produce low birth weight, occasionally spontaneous abortion. It can also produce microcephaly (small brain size), jaundice and other severe changes in the newborn. This is a common virus which is often routinely screened for in pregnant women. ...Read more
Is it true that a fetus can only get infected via placenta? Is it correct to say that a pregnant woman can't transmit any infection bfore implantation?
No: A fetus can become infected in different ways. Through the bloodstream through the placenta. Also any infection in or nearby the uterus can be directly transmitted through a fetus. Common example is appendicitis which infects all surrounding tissue including often the uterus and fetus. Now a parent with an infection such as hepatitis or HIV can directly infect the egg and sperm prior to implanting. ...Read more
In 20w us fetus had echogenic bowel and kidney dilating slower than other. Ds chance s 1:100000.no CF or infection. Baby is normal? Preg time bcms scary.
How does early rupture of membranes increase risk of transmitting all infections including HIV to the fetus?
Protection gone: Uterine membrane is a protective barrior to featus, do not allow to get infection to baby and mother, prolonged disruption will cause infection besides lekage of aminiotic fluid. ...Read more
My husband has inflenza, and we had sex, if ibecome pregnant is his infection dangerous to my fetus. .. I mean can it transmit throughout sperm? Thnx
Can a UTI during pregnancy be harmful to the fetus even if it never develops to a kidney infection?
10 weeks pregnant with yeast infection, how do I treat it? Dr does not want to medicate me for it, I want it gone safely, worried for fetus
Help! Is a dientamoeba infection during pregnancy harmful? Can it make my fetus sick or cause mental retardation? I had it first trimester.
No: They are safe.Get a more detailed answer ›
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