Depending on the infection you have, treating an infection may prevent it from being passed on to your newborn.
For some infections, especially viral infections like CMV and parvovirus B19 (fifth disease), no medication exists to treat the infection. In these cases, your doctor may want to see you more often to monitor you and your developing baby. If your developing baby appears to be ill, there are special diagnostic and treatment options available. Your healthcare provider will discuss these options with you and their potential benefits and risks.
Some infections, like herpes and HIV, can spread to your baby during a vaginal delivery. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a cesarean section instead of a vaginal delivery. It may reduce the chances of transmitting the infection to your newborn.
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and congenital CMV infection. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/index.html. Updated July 28, 2010. Accessed June 20, 2016.
Parvovirus B19 infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115232/Parvovirus-B19-infection. Updated July 13, 2015. Accessed October 6, 2016.
Pregnancy and fifth disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/parvovirusB19/pregnancy.html. Updated November 2, 2015. Accessed June 20, 2016.
STDs during pregnancy. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/pregnancy/default.htm. Updated February 24, 2016. Accessed June 20, 2016.
Last reviewed June 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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