Symptoms of infection in pregnancy vary depending on the infection. Infections such as
group B streptococcal disease
toxoplasmosis, and some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) may not have any physical symptoms. Or, an infection may cause mild, flu-like symptoms. If you think you have an infection during your pregnancy, it is important to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
- Joint pain
- Rash on the face, trunk, arms, and legs
Symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) may include:
- Itching around vagina
- Discharge from vagina
- Pain during sex
- Pain in the pelvic area
- Sores or blisters in the pelvic area
- High temperature
- Rapid heartbeat (the baby may also have a rapid heartbeat)
- A uterus that is tender to the touch
- A discharge from the vagina that has an unusual smell
Symptoms of listeriosis may include:
- Mild, flu-like symptoms
- Muscle aches
- If listeriosis spreads to the nervous system it can cause stiff neck, disorientation, or convulsions.
Symptoms of a
urinary tract infection
(UTI) may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Discomfort or burning feeling when urinating
- Sense of incomplete bladder emptying
- Aching pain over the bladder
- Blood in the urine
- Need to urinate frequently
- If the UTI moves to the kidneys and into the blood stream, it can cause pelvic pain, back pain, vomiting, fever, and early labor.
Symptoms of chickenpox infection may include:
- Itchy rash
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and congenital CMV infection. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:
http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/index.html. Updated July 28, 2010. Accessed July 29, 2013.
Last reviewed May 2014 by Andrea Chisholm, MD
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