Chorioamnionitis is a condition in which bacteria infects the chorion and amnion ( membranes thats surround the fetus) and amniotic fluid ( fluid in which the fetus floats ) . This can lead to infection in both the mother and fetus. This condition requires that the baby be delivered as soon as possible.
What are the causes of Chorioamnionitis ?
It is usually caused by a bacterial infection that usually starts from the mother’s urogenital tract . The infection starts in the vagina, anus or rectum and moves up into the uterus where the fetus is located . Chorioamnionitis is rare and is one of the causes premature birth .
Who is at risk of Chorioamnionitis ?
Factors that can increase your risk for this condition include :
- premature labor
- fetal membrane that rapture for a prolonged period
What are the symptoms of Chorioamnionitis?
Although it can be asymptomatic, some pregnant women with this pregnancy complication may experience these symptoms.
- high temperature and fever
- fast heartbeat
- the uterus becomes tender to the touch
- unusual smell of vagina discharge
How is it treated ?
If you are diagnosed with this condition, doctors will give you antibiotics to help treat the infection. However usually the treatment is to deliver the baby. If the newborn has an infection, he/she will be given antibiotics.
Are there any associated complications ?
If the condition is severe and the pregnant woman goes untreated, she might develop the flowing complications.
The newborn may face the following complications
- respiratory problems
Chorioamnionitis During Pregnancy. What to Expect. http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-health/complications/chorioamnionitis.aspx. Accessed June 13th, 2017
Chorioamnionitis: Infection in Pregnancy. Healthline.http://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/infections-chorioamnionitis . Accessed June 13th, 2017