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CMV in Pregnancy

By Vicki Nott.

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) usually just causes a minor cold-like illness, but it can have devastating consequences to an unborn child. It is considered one of the major causes of developmental delay and hearing loss in Australian children. It is most often caught from small children.

CMV is spread by all body fluids, including saliva, blood and runny noses.

There is currently is no treatment for CMV, so the only way to prevent CMV affecting your unborn baby is to prevent catching it.

How to help prevent CMV

You should never kiss your child on the face if they have a cold or runny nose, don’t share cups, straws, utensils, food etc, and always wash your hands before you eat. Encourage hand hygiene with your children and make it a part of your regular routine.

If you have questions about your pregnancy and would like to speak with an obstetrician, call the rooms for an appointment.