What happens if I get a UTI or BV during pregnancy?

When untreated or improperly treated, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and bacterial vaginosis (BV) can both be very dangerous to an unborn baby. UTIs and BV can cause several types of obstetrical complications and birth injuries, including preterm delivery, sepsis, meningitis, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), and cerebral palsy (CP). Note: for more detailed information about UTIs and…

If I have an infection such as GBS during pregnancy could this cause my baby to have sepsis, meningitis & birth injuries such as cerebral palsy?

Yes. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is type of bacterium found in the genital tract and gut that can cause illness in people of all ages, including babies.  Also known as baby strep, GBS is extremely dangerous when a pregnant woman has the infection.  If GBS is left untreated or treated improperly, it can cause life-threatening…