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Cytomeglovirus (CMV) - anyone have it or familiar with it?

Here is the wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cytomegalovirus

I had a really bad bout of it and Epstein Barr (a form of Mono) when I was a senior in high school. I had a couple of relapses in college, but nothing in probably about 8 years.

My mom sent me an article about it yesterday (http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Cytomegalovirus/?source=govdelivery) and reminded me that I need to talk to my gyno about it to let her know that I have it...especially since DH will be TTC in a couple of years. Of course I googled it, and now I'm a little freaked out.

I'm wondering if there are any other ladies out there that have this and have gone through a healthy pregnancy and had a healthy baby. What precautions did you take? Do you have any suggestions?

Re: Cytomeglovirus (CMV) - anyone have it or familiar with it?

  • I have a friend whose daughter was born with it.  From what I understand, if you've had it before and have built up an immunity to it, it is unlikely to affect any future babies.  It's women who are exposed to it the first time during their pregnancy whose babies have problems.  (This is how I understand it, this may or may not be correct.)

    My friend has a link to this website on her FB page: www.stopcmv.org , this is copied and pasted from their website:

    "Prevent CMV by Avoiding Germs While Pregnant

    CMV is a very common virus in young children and it is estimated that up to 70% of healthy children between 1 and 3 years of age may have CMV. CMV can be transmitted to pregnant women via bodily fluids, including saliva, urine, tears, blood, mucus, etc. To prevent CMV, practice frequent handwashing with soap and water after contact with diapers or oral secretions, especially with a child who is in daycare or interacting with other young children on a regular basis. Other basic prevention measures to guard against CMV include not kissing young children on the mouth and not sharing food, towels, or utensils with them."

     

     

  • I don't want to call her out, but I know a regular on this board lost a baby in the 2nd tri to CMV.
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  • Thanks erpurr! I think our best bet is to just make an appointment with the doc and get with her to talk about.

     

  • Hi. CMV caused complications with my pregnancy but only because it was a primary infection during pregnancy.  Had I contracted it earlier and had even a secondary infection during pregnancy the chance to pass it along would have been negligible.  The perinatologist said it's assumed that now it's not a risk for any future pregnancies.   

    On that CDC webpage, when they say that they can test to see if a woman "has" CMV they are talking about an active infection which produces a different type of antibody than a past infection. 

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