Maternal infections during pregnancy, also known as prenatal infections, can increase the risk of a preterm birth, and for serious heath complications in the newborn. Complications can include specific organ damage, developmental delay, and even death. Some prenatal infections can be tested for and treated, or steps can be taken to help prevent the spread of the infection from mother to child during pregnancy and labor.
When sharing your meal this holiday season, make sure you, your family, and friends use good food safety practices. Food-borne illness can spread more quickly when serving food for large groups of people.