Unfortunately, while pregnant, many women suffer infections that cause severe harm to them or their baby. What’s even more unfortunate is that some of these infections and injuries are preventable, if only doctors take proper steps. Here, in this post, we’ll look at some common types of maternal infections.
While it is not uncommon for a woman to suffer from infections during pregnancy, some infections may lead to severe injuries if they are not properly diagnosed and treated. These infections include:
- Chorioamnionitis: Chorioamnionitis (chor-y-oh-am-nee-oh-NY-tis) is an infection of the placenta and the amniotic fluid. If left untreated, it can cause infection, such as pneumonia or meningitis, brain damage, or death for the baby. It can also cause a dangerous blood infection (bacteremia) in a mother.
- Group B streptococcus (GBS): Group B streptococcus (strep-tuh-KAH-cuss) is a bacterial infection detected in a woman’s vagina or rectum during pregnancy. This infection can be passed to the baby, which can cause serious illness for a newborn, including sepsis, pneumonia, meningitis, or seizures. Further, in some pregnant women, GBS infection may cause chorioamnionitis.
- Hepatitis B (HBV): Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection that can be passed to a baby. HBV may lead to chronic liver disease and liver failure in infants and young children.
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): HIV, which can be passed to a baby, causes AIDS, which kills or impairs cells of the immune system and progressively destroys the body’s ability to fight infections and certain cancers.
- Rubella: Rubella is an infection that can cause a mild case of rash and some respiratory symptoms. More seriously, it can lead to a miscarriage or to severe birth defects.
- Urinary tract infection (UTI): A urinary tract infection is a bacterial infection in the urinary tract. If left untreated, a UTI can lead to kidney infection, preterm labor, and adult respiratory syndrome.
During a woman’s pregnancy, experts advise that doctors administer tests to determine if certain infections are present. If the tests reveal that the woman has certain infections, a doctor should provide treatment to reduce risks to the woman and her child. However, things don’t always go as they should. Sometimes, a doctor fails to test or fails to provide appropriate treatment, and as a result of their failure a mother or her child are severely injured. Often, their failure to properly diagnose or treat an infection amounts to medical negligence.
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