Chorioamnionitis is a bacterial infection. It occurs in the membranes that surround the fetus. These membranes are called the chorion and the amnion. It is also an infection of the amniotic fluid. This fluid surrounds the fetus and protects it.
This can be a very serious condition. It requires special care from your doctor. A pregnant woman will need to deliver her baby immediately. This is for the welfare of both the mother and the baby.
Bacterial infections causes this condition. Infection may begin in the mother’s genital tract. Bacteria then moves up to the fetal membranes. It then moves into the amniotic sac and its fluid. There it can then pass to the fetus. Many types of bacteria may cause this infection.
The following factors increase your chance of developing chorioamnionitis:
Low socioeconomic status
Multiple vaginal exams after rupture of the amniotic sac
Antibiotics will be continued until the mother is without a fever for 48 hours.
For the Baby
After delivery, the baby will be watched for infection. They will be looked after by specialists. A neonatologists only works with newborns. The baby may receive antibiotics. The baby will also be observed for 48 hours.
To help reduce your chances of developing chorioamnionitis, take the following steps:
Attend regular prenatal check-ups:
Contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
Get tested for GBS infection:
This is done during your 35th-37th week.
If you have GBS, you will need to receive antibiotics during labor and delivery.
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any antibiotics.
Prevent bacterial vaginosis (BV):
Don’t have sex.
Limit the number of sexual partners.
Do not douche. Douching is also associated with BV.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a