Infections in Pregnancy

Pregnant bellies

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant:

  1. Review your immunization status and your job with your health care provider;
  2. Avoid contact with people who appear ill; and
  3. Clean your hands often.

There are some infections that can cause harm for someone who is planning a pregnancy or who is already pregnant.  Speak to your health care provider if you are concerned about any infection that you may have.

To learn more about a particular infection during pregnancy, click on a topic below. Information is also available in a printable PDF format.

For more information about infections before or during pregnancy, call Motherisk at 1-877-439-2744 or visit www.motherisk.org.

 

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014).  Vaccines and immunizations, Chapter 14: Rubella.  Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/surv-manual/chpt14-rubella.html
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014, September).  Shingles (Herpes Zoster).  Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/transmission.html
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015, March).  Parasites – Toxoplasmosis (Toxoplasma Infection).  Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_info/pregnant.html
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014).  Pregnant women & influenza (flu).  Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016).  Listeria (Listeriosis).  Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/
  6. Crane, J., Mundle, W., & Boucoiran, I.  (2014, December).  Parvovirus B19 infection in pregnancy.  Retrieved from http://sogc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/gui3161012E.pdf
  7. Dontigny, L., Arsenault, M., & Martel, M. (2008, February).  Rubella in pregnancy.  Retrieved from http://sogc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/guiJOGC203CPG0802.pdf
  8. Elgin St. Thomas Public Health, Middlesex-London Health Unit, & Oxford County Public Health (2015, December).  A guide to common childhood infections.  
  9. Government of Canada (2014).  Is it a cold or the flu.  Retrieved from http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/diseases-conditions-maladies-affections/disease-maladie/flu-grippe/resources-ressources/cold-flu-rhume-grippe-eng.php
  10. Government of Canada (2015, December).  Food safety for pregnant women.  Retrieved from http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/healthy-eating-saine-alimentation/safety-salubrite/vulnerable-populations/pregnant-enceintes-eng.php
  11. Gruslin, A., Steben, M., Halperin, S., Money, D.M., Yudin, M.H. (2009, November). SOGC clinical practice guideline: Immunization in pregnancy. Retrieved from http://sogc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/gui236CPG0911.pdf
  12. Heymann, D.L. (2015). Control of Communicable Diseases Manual (20th ed.). Washington, DC: American Public Health Association.
  13. MacDonald, M.E., & McDonald, J.C. (2014).  The benefits of influenza vaccine in pregnancy for the fetus and the infant younger than six months of age.  In Paediatrics & Child Health, 19(9): e121-22.  Retrieved from http://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/influenza-vaccine-in-pregnancy
  14. Paquet, C., & Yudin, M.H. (2013, January).  Toxoplasmosis in pregnancy: Prevention, screening and treatmenthttp://sogc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/gui285CPG1301E-Toxoplasmosis.pdf
  15. Shrim, A., Koren, G., Yudin, M.H., & Farine, D. (2012, March).  Management of Varicella infection (Chickenpox) in pregnancy.  Retrieved from http://sogc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/gui274CPG1203E.pdf