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What makes bacterial vaginosis (BV) a serious concern for pregnant women?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a serious concern for pregnant women because studies have shown that women with untreated BV are at higher risk of delivering prematurely or giving birth to a low-weight baby. Not all vaginal infections cause pregnancy problems, but BV is potentially serious and requires attention. Screening and treatment is appropriate for pregnant women with symptomatic BV. Follow-up may be needed during the pregnancy. The most common cause of premature birth from BV is premature rupture of membranes.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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