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Can the TORCH infections spread to a baby before birth?

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If you get one of the TORCH infections while you’re pregnant, and it spreads through your blood to your baby, he can get it, too. And because he’s still developing in your uterus, his immune system most likely won’t be able to fight it off.

If the disease stays in his body, his organs might not develop correctly. How sick your baby can get depends on several things, including what the condition is and how far along he is in his development. But a number of problems can happen -- from jaundice (yellowish skin or eyes) and hearing problems to miscarriage and stillbirth.

From: What Is TORCH Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Boston Children’s Hospital: “TORCH in Children,” “Cytomegalovirus,” “Toxoplasmosis,” “Cold Sores,” “Congenital Rubella,” “Congenital Varicella,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in Children.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: TORCH Syndrome.

AIDS.gov: “Pregnancy & Childbirth.”

CDC: “Parvovirus B19 and Fifth Disease,” “Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Congenital CMV Infection.”

National CMV Foundation: “CMV Prevention and Healthy Pregnancy Tips.”

World Health Organization: “Herpes simplex virus”

American Sexual Health Association: “Herpes & Pregnancy.”

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 09, 2018

SOURCES: Boston Children’s Hospital: “TORCH in Children,” “Cytomegalovirus,” “Toxoplasmosis,” “Cold Sores,” “Congenital Rubella,” “Congenital Varicella,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in Children.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: TORCH Syndrome.

AIDS.gov: “Pregnancy & Childbirth.”

CDC: “Parvovirus B19 and Fifth Disease,” “Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Congenital CMV Infection.”

National CMV Foundation: “CMV Prevention and Healthy Pregnancy Tips.”

World Health Organization: “Herpes simplex virus”

American Sexual Health Association: “Herpes & Pregnancy.”

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 09, 2018

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