Cytomegaly in pregnancy
(Latest recommendations of the Swiss Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics 02/2021)
Infection with CMV during pregnancy can lead to malformations in the unborn child (especially deafness, psychomotor retardation), especially in the first trimester of pregnancy, and can lead to premature birth.
CYTOMEGALY - WHAT DO I HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR?
The majority of maternal infections are asymptomatic; flu-like symptoms rarely occur.
Close contact with infants is the most important risk factor for CMV infection. According to the new recommendations of the Swiss Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics, we perform screening in early pregnancy.
CYTOMEGALOVIRUS - WHAT CAN I DO?
Furthermore, hygiene measures are the only effective preventive measures:
- Thorough hand cleaning after contact with diapers/urine and infant body secretions.
- Avoid sharing cutlery and dishes (at shared meals), as well as towels, toothbrushes ect.
- Hand disinfectants and disposable gloves should be available in facilities at increased risk for CMV infection (daycare centers, etc.).