The most common way for babies to become infected with the herpes virus is via the birth canal or vulva. In rare cases the virus can pass to the infant via the placenta, but this is only a risk if the mother gets herpes for the first time during the first trimester.
If the mother-to-be experiences her first outbreak of herpes during the third trimester, there is just over a 30 per cent chance of passing the virus to the baby. This is due to the fact that the mother has not produced antibodies as a way to fight the infection. By comparison, a mother who becomes infected before pregnancy has just a three per cent chance of transmitting the virus.
Around a third of all cases of newborn herpes will affect the skin, eyes, mouth or mucous membranes of the baby. This indicates that the infection is HSV-1 which is more easily transmitted during labor. If treated promptly with intravenous Acyclovir, the signs are good that the child will develop naturally. If not, there is a good...
I feel like I’m in a no-win situation. I talked last time about pregnancy and the dangers of my blood thinning medication, Coumadin, on a newborn baby. The fact is, I’m also worried about the effect pregnancy could have on me.
My doctor said I had abnormally thick blood. That coupled with the birth control pills I was taking, caused the blood clot behind my left ear, resulting in my stroke . I obviously cannot take birth pills anymore, so I wonder why would I risk my health and become pregnant. I mean birth control pills basically trick your body into thinking it’s pregnant.
The risk of stroke is actually lower while on the pill than being pregnant. In fact, there is a very slight risk of developing blood clots in the legs, but much less than the risk during pregnancy. Among women who do not take the pill, 5 per 100,000 women per year develop blood clots. Among women who do take the pill, the risk slightly increases to 15-20 per 100,000 women per year. For women who are pregna...
A normal pregnancy, from ovulation to delivery, averages 265 to 280 days, or approximately nine calendar months. It is divided into three stages, or trimesters. What changes in nutrition are required? What bodily changes can be expected? What changes in lifestyle need to be made? How much weight can I expect to gain? What are the possible complications?
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