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Coronavirus and pregnancy

Coronavirus and pregnancy

Is a pregnant woman more at risk of being infected with coronavirus? In pregnancy a woman’s body has immunologic and physiologic changes which might make her more susceptible to viral respiratory infections. This logically would include coronavirus (COVID-19). But...

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Zika Virus and Pregnancy

Zika Virus and Pregnancy

I have been getting more questions about Zika Virus, as it becomes more of a global concern.   What is the concern with Zika virus? The main concern with Zika virus has to do with birth defects. Zika infections in pregnant women have been shown to cause birth...

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Chickenpox And Pregancy

Chickenpox And Pregancy

What are chickenpox and shingles? Chickenpox and shingles are infections which are caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Chickenpox begins with a feeling of being generally unwell. You develop a mild fever, malaise and itchy rash that turns into small blisters (hence...

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Coughs and Colds in Pregnancy

Coughs and Colds in Pregnancy

I have a cold! Coughs and colds are more likely in pregnancy if you are run down, over stressed, doing too much and in some professions.   What can be done? Minimise risk factors. Avoid contact with people who are infected. If you do get a cold, you can take...

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Flu Vaccine and Pregnancy

Flu Vaccine and Pregnancy

What are the risks of the flu (influenza) infection if I’m pregnant? Pregnancy can increase your risk of having more serious complications from the flu because your immune system is suppressed in pregnancy. Complications of the flu infection in pregnant women are the...

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Group B Strep

Group B Strep

What is the concern with Group B Strep? Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a bacteria that commonly colonises a woman’s vagina. Studies of pregnant women have identified GBS in vaginal swabs of 15 to 25% of pregnant women. These women do not have any symptoms – no related...

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and Pregnancy

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and Pregnancy

What is hand, foot and mouth disease? Hand, foot and mouth disease is generally a mild illness caused by the coxsackievirus. It is not a serious illness. It mainly occurs in children under 10 years of age but can also occur in older children and adults.   What...

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Listeriosis in Pregnancy

Listeriosis in Pregnancy

Listeriosis in Pregnancy Listeriosis is a rare disease that causes mild or no maternal illness, but can be devastating to the foetus in some cases leading to severe disease or even foetal death. The bacteria organism that causes Listeria is a common and can be easily...

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Slapped Cheek Infection

Slapped Cheek Infection

I have come in contact with a child with slapped cheek infection. Should I be worried? Erythema infectiosum is also known as ‘slapped cheek disease‘ or ‘fifth disease‘ and is a common childhood viral infection caused by human parvovirus B19. Fifty to sixty percent of...

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Thrush and Pregnancy

Thrush and Pregnancy

I keep on getting thrush now that I am pregnant! Vaginal thrush (also called Candida or Monilia) is a common infection due to an overgrowth of Candida albicans yeast. This yeast lives naturally in the bowel and in some women in the vagina. Some women have thrush in...

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Whooping Cough and Pregnancy

Whooping Cough and Pregnancy

Whooping Cough and Pregnancy Pertussis (whooping cough) is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. There is no evidence that if you develop whooping cough in pregnancy your baby will be harmed while it is inside you. The risk to your baby has to do with once...

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