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How should I handle listeriosis if I'm pregnant?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

While listeriosis is often a very mild condition for normal, healthy individuals, it is a very serious condition for pregnant women. Even if the expecting mother does not experience severe symptoms, having listeriosis early on in a pregnancy can cause a miscarriage, and having it late may cause a stillbirth or, if the newborn survives, a high likelihood of infant fatality or severe health complications. If you get diagnosed with listeriosis while pregnant, it is particularly important for you to get treated with antibiotics as soon as possible, even if your symptoms aren't that bad. This will decrease the likelihood that your illness will infect your child. You should take your antibiotics as long as your doctor prescribes, and stay vigilant for any change in or worsening of your symptoms.

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