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I just suffered from viral meningitis and i want to get pregnant should I wait some time would it be safe for my baby ?

I just suffered from viral meningitis and i want to get pregnant should I wait some time would it be safe for my baby ?

If recovered,proceed: If you are past the process there is no reason for you to delay your efforts. You can move forward when you feel the strength returning. The typical viruses that cause such a process do not hang around ready to invade you (or baby) after your body developed the antibodies needed to heal your brain & system. You may still pass the virus in your stool for a few weeks, but they don't cause a relapse. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Auerbach
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Aseptic Meningitis (Definition)

Aseptic meningitis is a condition caused by a viral infection that results in inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It occurs more often in the summer and fall months. Although aseptic (or viral) meningitis is a serious disease, patients generally recover. There may be no additional symptoms present or individuals may have symptoms of a cold or a rash ...Read more


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I just suffered from viral meningitis...Is it safe to get pregnant? Should i wait?

I just suffered from viral meningitis...Is it safe to get pregnant? Should i wait?

Be cautious: Viruses can be very persistent. Herpes is very dangerous and other forms can hang on for quite awhile. Discuss with your primary doctor the type of virus and how dangerous it is. If the infection was mild and now fully recovered, there should be no real risk. You should have developed high antibodies that will actually protect the baby. ...Read more

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I have viral meningitis and i wanted to start trying to get pregnant this month...Should i wait until my infection is gone?If yes..How will i know so?

I have viral meningitis and i wanted to start trying to get pregnant this month...Should i wait until my infection is gone?If yes..How will i know so?

Depends on symptoms: Viral meningitis is really nothing more than a viral infection that got in the wrong place. Avoid close contacts until fever free for 24 hours. Then it just really depends on how you are feeling. If you feel fine, then go for it. ...Read more

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What causes viral meningitis?

What causes viral meningitis?

A number of viruses: Fairly common ones are enteroviruses, varicella, and mumps virus. ...Read more

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What is viral meningitis?

Aseptic: Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain. A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis. ...Read more

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Is viral meningitis a serious disease?

Hardly: Viral meningitis is usually a self-limiting condition and long-term neurologic sequelae is rare. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis diagnosed?

How is viral meningitis diagnosed?

Aseptic: Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain. A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis treated?

Acyclovir: The most serious viral infection is herpes. The only available treatment is acyclovir. Certain viral epidemics occur that may be protected by immunization shots. Most viral infections of the brain resolve on their own. Supportive care is the only and best treatment. ...Read more

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Are you less likely to catch viral meningitis a second time?

No.: There are many different viruses that can cause viral meningitis; having had one of them does not protect against the others. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes(meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck and light sensitivity. Causes may be infectious, tumor or chemical irritation. Medical evaluation is indicated ...Read more