Infections

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE INTRAUTERINE INFECTION DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is intrauterine infection during pregnancy?

The term intrauterine infection is refers to the presence of a bacterial infection within the womb. Since it often affects the membrane layers that surround the developing baby (the chorion and the amnion), the fluid in which the baby floats (amniotic fluid), or parts of the placenta, the condition also has been called an intra-amniotic infection and chorioamnionitis (the traditional term for the condition). The latter term also encompasses the presence of inflammation (an immune system reaction that produces swelling, and often heat and other characteristics) with the infection, although infection can be present with or without inflammation. Related to this, additional terms used are intrauterine inflammation and intrauterine infection-inflammation (III). A common risk factor for intrauterine infection is rupture of the membranes (“breaking of the water”) followed by a long labor, but intrauterine infection can happen with no membrane breakage, plus it can happen on rare occasions as a result of needle procedures into the womb, such as amniocentesis.


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