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:

  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Rubella (German measles)
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Chickenpox
  • Fifth disease (Human Parovirus B19)
  • Lyme disease
  • Hepatitis B
  • Group B Strep
  • Toxoplasmosis
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