February is International Prenatal Infection Month. The yearly initiative aims to make mothers aware of the dangers of prenatal infections and encourage them to seek prenatal care through a trusted OBGYN. Taking preventative measures to protect infants from illness while in the womb is the priority of Dr. Ahmadinia of OBGYN High Desert.
Types of Common Prenatal Infections
Prenatal infections develop in one of three ways, transplacentally, perinatally or postnatally. The severity of the infection depends on its type and the gestational age of the one being exposed to the infection. Congenital Malformation Syndrome occurs in some cases.
There are many types of prenatal infections that exist in the United States and internationally. Some of the most commonly seen by an OBGYN include:
- Rubella Virus
- Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
- Parvovirus B19
- Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV)
- Measles Virus
- Human Immunodeficiency (HIV)
- Zika Virus
- West Nile Virus
- Hepatitis C Virus
Several of the viruses come with a high mortality rate. That’s what makes it so important to educate the public about the dangers of prenatal infections. Heeding CDC warnings concerning travel to countries at high risk for infections is one effective way for pregnant women to avoid them.
The Benefits of Seeking Prenatal Care Immediately
Mothers are encouraged to seek prenatal care just as soon as they find out that they are pregnant. Doing so gives Dr. Ahmadinia the most time to work with his patients so he can ensure that mothers and babies are healthy and infection-free. Scheduling regular appointments with OBGYN High Desert ensures that your unborn child is well at the time of his or her birth.