24.07.2021 – 07:30
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Patients: What infections during pregnancy affect the baby?
Doctor:Chickenpox (chickenpox): a highly contagious viral infection that causes itching, redness and blisters, you along with the baby may face serious health risks. If you have chickenpox during pregnancy, you are at risk for complications like pneumonia. For the baby, the risks depend on the period when you are affected by the lia. If you are affected during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, the baby faces a small risk of having serious birth defects. However, it is very rare as an infection in mothers.
Cytomegalovirus (herpes): is a common virus, which can cause colds and chicken pox. Infection can be dangerous during pregnancy, as it can cause problems for the baby, such as: hearing loss, vision or blindness problems, learning difficulties and epilepsy.
Group B streptococcus (microbes): or briefly group B strep, is a common type of bacteria. It is an infection that rarely occurs in pregnancy, but if it occurs during the third trimester it can cause serious problems for the baby. Some of the factors that can lead to infection of the baby are if the birth is premature, if you have a fever during birth, or if you yourself are infected.
Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is a virus that infects the liver, most people with hepatitis B show no signs, but they can be carriers and can infect others. The virus is spread by having sex with an infected person without using protective measures. Hepatitis B can cause premature birth, low birth weight and in extreme cases the life of the mother and baby can be endangered.
Hepatitis C: The hepatitis C virus infects the liver. Many people with hepatitis C have no symptoms and are unaware that they are infected. Hepatitis C can be contracted by having sex with an infected partner, but also during visits to medical or dental clinics when frequented by an infected person. If you are a carrier of this virus, you can pass the infection on to your baby, even though the risk is lower than hepatitis B or HIV. If the tests show that the baby is also infected, he should be referred to a specialist doctor.
Genital herpes: can be dangerous for a newborn. Genital herpes can be transmitted during physical contact or oral sex with a person affected by herpes. The initial signs of genital herpes are pain and burning during intercourse. If you notice these signs, talk to your doctor to take appropriate action. If genital herpes occurs during early pregnancy, it is curable and there is no problem for the baby, but if it occurs later, surgical birth is necessary to avoid infecting the baby.
HIV in pregnancy: is one of the most dangerous infections, which destroys the immune system. HI * V can be passed on to the baby during pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding.
Fifth disease – generally affects children. The main symptom is redness on both sides. This disease, otherwise known as Slapped cheek syndrome, is highly contagious and can cause problems in babies. If you come in contact with an infected person, you should have a blood test to check if you are immune. In most cases, babies are not affected if the mothers have a “fifth disease”.
Rubella (German measles): is taken by the respiratory tract and therefore the risk of infection is high. Sometimes this disease does not show symptoms and therefore in many cases can pass without being understood by the affected person. Mothers, who have not passed this disease and become infected in the first 4 months of pregnancy, can cause birth defects and miscarriage.
STIs (sexually transmitted infection) : often have no symptoms, but can nevertheless affect the health of the baby both during pregnancy and after birth.
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