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Will my baby have a viral throat infection if I do while I am pregnant?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Most of the time a sore throat caused by a cold or flu virus will have no effect on your baby. If a pregnant woman contracts cytomegalovirus, however, a virus that causes sore throat, there are chances that an unborn child can be affected. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) can remain dormant in your body, undetected and harmless. But if you develop an active case while pregnant, the baby can be affected; signs may include jaundice, small head, small size, enlarged spleen or liver and problems with feeding. These problems are rare, but also put the baby at higher risk for neurological, sensory or other problems. You should consult your doctor if you think you have been exposed to CMV. Although no cure exists, treatments can help a newborn who has been exposed to cytomegalovirus.

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