Infections and fever During Pregnancy
Most infections and fever just pass without causing any harm to the baby. As most are caused by viruses nothing can be done but to wait for it to pass. General measures will help boh mom and baby:
1. Drink lots of water.
2. Keep temperature low. Take paracetamol to keep temperatures below 38'C.
3. Temperature 38'C or more may affect the neurodevelopmental potential of the baby.
Infections that are more severe during pregnancy for the mothers include:
1. influenza - annual vaccination recommended even if pregnant
2. chicken pox
There are infections that may directly harm the baby.
Examples include: rubella, chicken pox, CMV, toxoplasmosis (cats), parvovirus and now the Zika virus
High fever associated with aches and pains is a warning sign. Keep fever low with hydration and paracetamol. Call/message/email the doctor's clinic. A special consultation will be arranged in an area free of children and other pregnant women.
KNOW YOUR BABY'S GENETIC RISK
PRE-PREGNANCY CHECK UPS AND SCREENING
The Detailed Genetic First Trimester Scan
DOWN SYNDROME SCREENING
DETAILED STRUCTURAL SCAN
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