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Can a chlamydia infection during pregnancy harm the unborn child?
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely!!!
Get it checked and treated promptly!

In brief: Absolutely!!!
Get it checked and treated promptly!
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
The greatest risk to your baby is for an eye infection due to chlamydia exposure during delivery. This is the reason all babies are treated, right after delivery, with an antibiotic ointment to their eyes.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Passes at delivery
Untreated chlamydia does not appear to cause birth defects or major infection like syphillis.
However, it can pass to the baby during delivery and set up various problems. The baby may develop a significant infection of the surface and outer structures of the eye (which can be treated). It may lie dormant for a few weeks and show up as a pneumonia in baby at 4-6 wks requiring hospital care.

In brief: Passes at delivery
Untreated chlamydia does not appear to cause birth defects or major infection like syphillis.
However, it can pass to the baby during delivery and set up various problems. The baby may develop a significant infection of the surface and outer structures of the eye (which can be treated). It may lie dormant for a few weeks and show up as a pneumonia in baby at 4-6 wks requiring hospital care.
Dr. James Ferguson
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