IS FOR CY­TOMEGALOVIRUS

Little Treasures - - NEW­BORN DAYS -

This is a virus re­lated to her­pes (‘cold sores’) and chick­en­pox, and com­pli­ca­tions in preg­nancy are rare. “I’ve never had a [neg­a­tive] ex­pe­ri­ence with women who had CMV,” says mid­wife Larne Wil­son. CMV can af­fect the baby by caus­ing low lev­els of am­ni­otic fluid, growth re­stric­tion, prob­lems with the baby’s eyes, and can af­fect brain tis­sue. Your baby can only be af­fected if you have an ac­tive in­fec­tion while preg­nant, and you can only catch it by the trans­fer of bod­ily flu­ids like blood or saliva.

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