IS FOR CYTOMEGALOVIRUS
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.