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Infections during pregnancy

Most infections in pregnancy are not serious; but some can harm the baby, eg vaginitis, Group B Streptococcus, cervicitis caused by gonorrhoea or chlamydial infection increase the risk of preterm birth. Asymptomatic bacteriuria is a risk factor for preterm birth and may lead to pyelonephritis in about 30% of women. Group B Streptococcus can be isolated from the normal flora of the vagina and rectum in some women. A systemic infection of the mother increases the risk of preterm birth, even when the infection does not originate from the genital area.


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