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What is Congenital Cytomegalovirus? The Basics for Expectant Parents

We have previously written about cytomegalovirus (CMV), a member of the herpes family, but not in enough depth to help future parents from understanding the dangers of the congenital form.

Here are the basics on what you should know about the disease, including symptoms, treatments, and preventative measures.

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Preventing Alcohol- and Drug-Related Birth Defects

Birth defects are common when pregnant women abuse alcohol or drugs. This alcohol abuse does not have to be pronounced. In fact, doctors advise that any amount of alcohol, including beer and wine, may cause troubling birth defects. Drug use can have similar outcomes.

The good news is that these birth defects are preventable. Taking care of drug and alcohol abuse problems before getting pregnant can eliminate them.

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The Dangers of Neonatal Herpes

Neonatal herpes, although rare, infects 1500 babies in the United States each year. Caused by the HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection, it disables and kills infants.

One of the ways women can prevent neonatal herpes is by practicing safe sex and having STD testing done to alert them to any potential problems with their pregnancies.

Here’s what you should know about neonatal herpes and prevention methods.

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STDs & Birth Defects: What Every Expectant (or Hopeful) Mother Should Know

 

January is Birth Defects Prevention month — a good time for expecting parents to be reminded of the risks that sexually transmitted diseases pose to infants.

Read on to see what STDs pose risk of birth defects, and how you can prevent them.

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STDs & Pregnancy: Risks & Treatment

October marks two special designations for expectant mothers: Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month and the Campaign for Healthier Babies Month.

To promote education about these important topics, ARCpoint Labs is sharing how having STDs during pregnancy can affect a child’s health.

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STDs & Pregnancy: How Your Sexual Health Affects Your Baby

When you’re pregnant, it’s important more than ever to take good care of your body. You’re providing the environment for your baby to develop, and it’s your responsibility to eat well, drink lots of water, abstain from drugs and alcohol, arm yourself against infections, and follow appropriate dietary restrictions.

One aspect of pregnant womens’ health that can sometimes get overlooked, however, is their sexual health. Pregnant women can get STDs or experience an inflammation of a previous STD, and the results can be life-threatening for both the pregnant mother and her child.

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