Symptoms of infection in pregnancy vary depending on the infection. Infections such as
group B streptococcal disease (GBS),
toxoplasmosis, and some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) may not have any physical symptoms. Or, an infection may cause mild, flu-like symptoms. If you think you have an infection during your pregnancy, it is important to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
parvovirus B19 (fifth disease)
Joint painTirednessRash on the face, trunk, arms, and legs
Symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) may include:
Itching around vaginaDischarge from vaginaPain during sexPain in the pelvic areaSores or blisters in the pelvic area
High temperatureRapid heartbeat (the baby may also have a rapid heartbeat)SweatingA uterus that is tender to the touchA discharge from the vagina that has an unusual smell
Symptoms of listeriosis may include:
Mild, flu-like symptomsHeadachesMuscle achesFeverIf listeriosis spreads to the nervous system it can cause stiff neck, disorientation, or convulsions.
Symptoms of a
urinary tract infection
(UTI) may include:
Nausea and vomitingDiscomfort or burning feeling when urinatingSense of incomplete bladder emptyingAching pain over the bladderBlood in the urineNeed to urinate frequentlyIf the UTI moves to the kidneys and into the blood stream, it can cause pelvic pain, back pain, vomiting, fever, and early labor.
Symptoms of chickenpox infection may include:
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and congenital CMV infection. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:
http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/index.html. Updated July 28, 2010. Accessed July 29, 2013.
Last reviewed July 2013 by Andrea Chisholm, MD; Brian Randall, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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