• Samantha Isaacs

Expecting a baby?

Expecting a baby?

Trying to conceive?

Planning a pregnancy?

𝑲𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑹𝒊𝒔𝒌!!

Every woman of childbearing age can and should learn her CMV status.

Before you plan to conceive, ask your doctor to have a blood sample drawn for a CMV IgG and IgM antibody tests. Iꜰ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ ʀᴇꜰᴜsᴇs, ᴀsᴋ ᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴏᴄᴜᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ʀᴇꜰᴜsᴀʟ ɪɴ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴄʜᴀʀᴛ.

If a woman has been exposed to a recent CMV infection, it is recommended that she wait until her CMV IgM antibody levels decline to an undetectable level, and her CMV IgG avidity index climbs to a highly favorable percentage, before trying to conceive. This can take anywhere from six to twelve months.

It is important to wait until the CMV infection has resolved because it minimizes the risk of CMV transmission from the pregnant woman to her baby in utero.

If you are already pregnant, you can still request that CMV IgM and IgG antibody lab tests be added to your routine labs. These tests are relatively inexpensive and are covered by most insurance plans. This will give you an idea of whether you have ever had a CMV infection or not and the risk of passing it along to your unborn child.

If a pregnant woman is diagnosed with CMV during her pregnancy, her doctor should perform an amniocentesis to determine whether congenital CMV has passed to her unborn baby.

Recent studies indicate that Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin Intravenous (CMV-IGIV) treatment may reduce the risk of congenital infection and/or disease in an unborn baby when given to pregnant women experiencing a primary CMV infection.








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