Bacterial infection, colonization in pregnancy may put babies at risk

08/22/2013 | Medical News Today

Laboratory-confirmed bacterial infection and colonization during pregnancy were associated with a 6.6 and 9.4 times increased odds of early-onset neonatal infection, respectively, according to a review published in the journal PLOS Medicine. Babies born to mothers who had pre-labor rupture of membranes, preterm rupture at earlier than 37 weeks' gestation or prolonged rupture were 2.3 times more likely to get an infection than babies with mothers without these risk factors for infection, researchers said.

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