If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant:
- Review your immunization status and your job with your health care provider;
- Avoid contact with people who appear ill; and
- 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.
- 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
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014, September). Shingles (Herpes Zoster). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/transmission.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015, March). Parasites – Toxoplasmosis (Toxoplasma Infection). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_info/pregnant.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Pregnant women & influenza (flu). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Listeria (Listeriosis). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/
- 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
- Dontigny, L., Arsenault, M., & Martel, M. (2008, February). Rubella in pregnancy. Retrieved from http://sogc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/guiJOGC203CPG0802.pdf
- Elgin St. Thomas Public Health, Middlesex-London Health Unit, & Oxford County Public Health (2015, December). A guide to common childhood infections.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Heymann, D.L. (2015). Control of Communicable Diseases Manual (20th ed.). Washington, DC: American Public Health Association.
- 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
- Paquet, C., & Yudin, M.H. (2013, January). Toxoplasmosis in pregnancy: Prevention, screening and treatment. http://sogc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/gui285CPG1301E-Toxoplasmosis.pdf
- 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