Infections during pregnancy – Asklepios Klinik Barmbek
Significant Infections – TORCH
Since you already have antibodies against numerous infectious diseases or have probably been vaccinated, you do not have to worry too much about infections during pregnancy. Nevertheless, during the nine months of pregnancy, infections that are not dangerous for the mother herself can threaten the unborn child. Some pathogens can overcome the protection of the placenta (placental barrier) and infect the fetus (child from the 12th week of pregnancy). In addition, pathogens in the genital area can damage the amniotic sac or be transmitted to the newborn through direct contact at birth.
To be on the safe side, you should therefore definitely attend the examinations noted in the maternity pass so that specialists can identify and treat a possible infection at an early stage. Without medical treatment, difficulties can arise during the course of pregnancy, which in turn can harm your unborn child or significantly affect the child’s development after birth.
The term TORCH summarizes the most important possible infections during pregnancy. Our experts will help you with all the illnesses that are meant:
Toxoplasmosis is an infectious disease that often has no symptoms. It can be transmitted by eating raw meat or by direct contact with infected cat feces or contaminated garden soil.
O: other infections (other infections) such as gonorrhea (clap), chlamydia, varicella (chickenpox), measles, mumps, tuberculosis (consumption), B streptococci
Other infections include other infectious diseases that occur much less frequently during pregnancy than the others mentioned here.
Rubella is a viral disease characterized by swollen lymph nodes, a patchy rash, and fever. Rubella usually occurs in childhood. If you have already contracted rubella or if you have been vaccinated, you are immune (able to defend yourself) against the pathogen. We can prove this using the so-called titer value.
Cytomegaly (or cytomegaly) is the most common cause of fetal disease in the womb or immediately after birth. Around 0.3% of all newborns are affected. Typically, this viral infection causes the infected cells to enlarge, which can damage the affected organ systems.
H: Herpes simplex, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, human papilloma virus
A herpes infection can lead to sepsis (blood poisoning) in a newborn if the mother has an acute (sudden) outbreak of vaginal herpes. If necessary, a caesarean section is recommended. During pregnancy, our specialists can treat a herpes infection with medication. This shortens or softens it. The test for hepatitis B is entered as a mandatory test in the maternity record. If the mother carries the hepatitis B virus, her child will be vaccinated within 24 hours of birth. Pregnant women with HIV need particularly close screening and birth planning to reduce the risk of passing the virus on to the unborn child. So that difficult situations do not arise, please keep open, regular contact with your gynecologist during your pregnancy.
These infections can affect the child. How dangerous they are for the child depends on the pathogen and the period of pregnancy in which the infection occurred.
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