Talking to Your Doctor About Infection in Pregnancy
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask for information in writing or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- What kind of infection do I have?
- If I don’t have any symptoms, how do I know I have an infection?
- How will the infection affect me? How will it affect my developing baby?
- What is the likelihood that the infection will be passed to my baby before, during, or after birth?
- What are the long-term consequences of infection?
- Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk for infection in pregnancy?
- Am I currently working in an environment that puts me at higher risk for an infection?
- How do I best prevent infections in pregnancy?
- How do I best treat the infection?
What medications are available to help me?
- What are the benefits and side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements I am already taking?
- Once I start using a medication, how long will it take before I feel better? How long before the infection is gone?
What other treatment options are there?
- Are there over-the-counter medications that can treat this infection?
- What are the risks and benefits of these options?
How will I feel during treatment?
- Are there over-the-counter medications I can take to ease the symptoms of this infection?
- Should I consider treatment for my developing baby?
- Does my male partner need to be treated?
- Should I consider treatment for my newborn after birth?
- Do I need to stop working?
- What should I do to avoid exposing others to this infection?
- Can I breastfeed if I have this infection?
- What will I need to do to take care of myself and my developing baby during the treatment period?
- Will my treatment cure the infection?
- How will I know if my developing baby is healthy?
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- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/07/2014 -
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