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Conditions Affecting the Mother

CHAPTER OBJECTIVES
  • Infections During Pregnancy
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Viral Infections
  • Effect of Drugs, Chemicals and Radiation
  • Maternal Drug Therapy
INFECTIONS DURING PREGNANCY

Bacterial infections

Bacterial infections are a part of our life, either as a symbiotic partner or as a pathological agent (Figure 9.1). Pregnant women are susceptible to infections during pregnancy and her immune system works in focus by upregulation to fight infections and down regulation to prevent foetal rejection. These two processes coexist; however, they do not counteract each other. The bacterial infections most often associated with pregnancy are urinary tract infections, genital tract infections, and pulmonary and some ...

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