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…

Can GBS cause birth injuries?

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.  If GBS in a pregnant woman is left untreated or is treated improperly, it can cause life-threatening problems in the baby, including pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis. These infections…