(Amnionitis; Chorioamnion Infection; Intra-amniotic Infection)
|Birthing Complications: Intrauterine (Uterine) Infection|
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- Increased heart rate in both the mother and the fetus
- Tender uterus
- Discharge with odor from the vagina
- Vaginal delivery would take too long
- Mother shows signs of worsening illness
- Baby shows signs of distress
- Attend regular prenatal check-ups. Call your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
- Get tested for GBS. This routine vaginal culture is done during your 35th-37th week.
- Take steps to prevent bacterial vaginosis. For example, practice safe sex. Do not use douches or feminine sprays.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have premature rupture of the membranes .
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
American Pregnancy Association http://americanpregnancy.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
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- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/20/2015 -
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