A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to get an infection in pregnancy with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your chances of getting an infection during pregnancy. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your healthcare provider what you can do to reduce your risk.
Risk factors for infection in pregnancy vary depending on the type of infection. General risk factors for infection during pregnancy include:
Viruses and bacteria that cause infections are passed through person-to-person contact. You are at higher risk of spreading and getting infections caused by bacteria and viruses if you:
Do not wash your hands.
Touch your nose, mouth, and eyes with contaminated fingers.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as
are passed from person to person during sexual contact. Your risk for STDs is higher if you have ever had:
Many sex partners
Sex with someone who has had many partners
Sex without using condoms
The germs that cause infections such as listeriosis and
have been found in:
Undercooked meat (such as rare beef) from infected animals
Foods made from unpasteurized milk (eg, certain cheeses)
Your risk for these infections is higher if you eat these kinds of foods.
Having close contact with someone who has an infection
Using household items that were used by an infected person and not properly cleaned
Handling cat litter or soil where there is cat feces
Having a job that involves contact with bodily fluids, such as:
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