Infections in Pregnancy

Some infections, even when they are mild, can have a big influence on your health and your pregnancy. Be aware of your health history and immunization status to protect yourself and your unborn baby.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Pregnancy
See also: Sexually
Transmitted Infections
in Pregnancy (PDF)

If you are pregnant or are considering a pregnancy, talk to your healthcare provider about the risks of infection.

Toxoplasmosis

What is it?

Why is it dangerous during pregnancy?

How can I protect myself and my baby?

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

What is it?

Why is it dangerous during pregnancy?

How can I protect myself and my baby?

Group B Streptococcus (GBS)

What is it?

Why is it dangerous during pregnancy?

How can I protect myself and my baby?

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

What is it?

Why is it dangerous during pregnancy?

How can I protect myself and my baby?

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Fifth Disease (Erythema Infectiosum)

What is it?

Why is it dangerous during pregnancy?

How can I protect myself and my baby?

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Varicella (Chickenpox)

What is it?

Why is it dangerous during pregnancy?

How can I protect myself and my baby?

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Rubella (German Measles)

What is it?

Why is it dangerous during pregnancy?

How can I protect myself and my baby?

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Resources:

  1. Redbook: 2006 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. American Academy of Pediatrics. (2006)
  2. Control of Communicable Disease Manual. 18th Edition. Heyman. American Public Health Association. (2004)