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Infections That Affect Pregnancy

If you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy, there are simple steps you can take to protect you and your unborn baby or newborn from infections that cause serious health problems.

Vaginal infections have been linked with a pregnancy in the tubes (ectopic pregnancy), preterm labor, babies born too early and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (an infection in the uterus and tubes) that can lead to problems getting pregnant in the future.

Babies born early have a much higher chance of dying within the first year of life. Since over 50% of pregnancies in the United States are not planned, it is important to take steps to avoid getting an infection or, if you have an infection, to get treated as soon as possible.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) or bladder infections are more common in women who are pregnant. If you are pregnant and think you may have a UTI, be sure to tell your doctor right away. If untreated, it may cause problems for you and your baby, including kidney infection that may lead to preterm labor.

Learn about more simple steps that you can take to help keep your unborn baby safe and healthy.


Contact Information

Perinatal and Reproductive Health Division
1000 N.E. 10th Street, Rm 905
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Phone: (405) 271-4476
e-mail: Jill Nobles-Botkin, M.S.N., C.N.M., Administrative Program Manager

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