Pregnancy is a vital stage for the development and growth of your baby. It is a time of many bodily changes and a time when a woman’s body can be more subject to infections. Certain infections during pregnancy can be a health risk for the pregnant woman and her unborn baby. For instance, they may cause miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, premature labor, low birth weight, stillbirth, birth defects and a newborn with the infection. Many of these infections are preventable with immunizations and treatable. The infections that may potentially cause harm during pregnancy include:
To protect your health and that of your baby it is important to be well informed and to seek the necessary care and medical attention to monitor and protect your pregnancy, which is what prenatal (during pregnancy) care aims to do. Preconception (before pregnancy) health care complements prenatal care by helping women and their partners to plan for and ensure a safe and successful pregnancy, birth and newborn. Both preconception and prenatal care help to identify potential risks and problems that can harm the woman and the unborn baby, and they attempt to mitigate them.
The Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network urges you to become more aware of infections during pregnancy because they can pose a danger to your health and the health and development of you unborn baby, and seek clinical advice during the preconception stage and medical care during the prenatal stage.
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