Fetal Infection and Maternal Infection
October 18, 2011
There are a variety of infections that can pass through the placenta from the mother to the fetus.
Generally, a mild infection or cold will not be a risk to the fetus. There are other diseases that are a risk to your baby. Some of these may go virtually unnoticed by the mother, yet be very harmful to the growing baby.
The following are a list of infections that may be transmitted from a mother to her growing baby:
- Herpes simplex virus
- Rubella (German measles)
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Fifth disease (Human Parovirus B19)
- Lyme disease
- Hepatitis B
- Group B Strep