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Symptoms of Infection in Pregnancy

Symptoms of infection in pregnancy vary depending on the infection. Infections such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), group B streptococcal disease (GBS), toxoplasmosis , and some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) may not have any physical symptoms. Or, an infection may cause mild, flu-like symptoms. If you think you have an infection during your pregnancy, it is important to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Symptoms of parvovirus B19 (fifth disease) may include:
    • Joint pain
    • Tiredness
    • Rash on the face, trunk, arms, and legs
  • Symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) may include:
    • Itching around vagina
    • Discharge from vagina
    • Pain during sex
    • Pain in the pelvic area
    • Sores or blisters in the pelvic area
  • Symptoms of chorioamnionitis may include:
    • High temperature
    • Rapid heartbeat (the fetus may also have a rapid heartbeat)
    • Sweating
    • A uterus that is tender to the touch
    • A discharge from the vagina that has an unusual smell
  • Symptoms of listeriosis may include:
    • Mild, flu-like symptoms
    • Headaches
    • Muscle aches
    • Fever
    • If listeriosis spreads to the nervous system it can cause stiff neck, disorientation, or convulsions.
  • Symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) may include:
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Discomfort or burning feeling when urinating
    • Sense of incomplete bladder emptying
    • Aching pain over the bladder
    • Blood in the urine
    • Need to urinate frequently
    • If the UTI moves to the kidneys and into the blood stream, it can cause pelvic pain, back pain, vomiting, fever, and early labor.
  • Symptoms of chickenpox infection may include:
    • Fever
    • Itchy rash
    • Weakness
    • Chills
    • Headache

Revision Information

  • Bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/bacterialvaginosis-2.html. Updated August 2015. Accessed June 20, 2016.

  • Chickenpox. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116084/Chickenpox. Updated September 8, 2015. Accessed October 6, 2016.

  • Chorioamnionitis. Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases%5Fconditions/hic%5FAm%5FI%5FPregnant/hic%5FPremature%5FLabor/hic%5FChorioamnionitis. Updated October 18, 2012. Accessed June 20, 2016.

  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and congenital CMV infection. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/index.html. Updated July 28, 2010. Accessed June 20, 2016.

  • Group B Strep (GBS). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/index.html. Updated May 23, 2016. Accessed June 20, 2016.

  • Listeria and pregnancy. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/listeria.html. Updated August 2015. Accessed June 20, 2016.

  • Pregnancy and fifth disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/parvovirusB19/pregnancy.html. Updated November 2, 2015. Accessed June 20, 2016.

  • STDs during pregnancy. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/pregnancy/default.htm. Updated February 24, 2016. Accessed June 20, 2016.

  • Toxoplasmosis. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/toxoplasmosis.html. Updated May 2014. Accessed June 20, 2016.

  • Urinary tract infection during pregnancy. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/utiduringpreg.html. Updated August 2015. Accessed June 20, 2016.