Can an Infection Cause a Miscarriage?

Infection and MiscarriageI was talking with a group of friends, two of whom had recently had miscarriages and they were sharing their heartbreaking stories with us.  At some point in the conversation, one of the gals drew attention to the fact that both of them had been sick prior to losing their babies. 

That got me thinking.......

Could having an infection contribute to the loss of a pregnancy? 

Fortunately, it looks like most of the time the answer is no, infection does not increase the odds of having a miscarriage. The common cold or flu will make you feel lousy, but not cause anything worse to happen to your baby.

The only exception is if you contract measles, mumps, herpes, listeria, CMV or a sexually transmitted disease.  These illnesses can negatively impact or end a pregnancy. So if you think you are suffering from any of these health issues, make sure you get to the doctor ASAP!


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