Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV): Reducing the Risk

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Every year, congenital cytomegalovirus affects more babies than Down syndrome, toxoplasmosis and listeriosis. Yet, many people have never heard of this condition, and among those who are infected, most don’t even realise it. If someone contracts the virus whilst they are pregnant, they can pass it on to their unborn baby with devastating results.

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) belongs to the same group of viruses as the herpes simplex viruses, varicella-zoster virus and the Epstein-Barr virus. Whilst it’s a common infection that is usually harmless, once it’s in the body it remains there for life. Sadly, many people with CMV miscarry or suffer a stillbirth, and of those babies born alive, about one in five will have problems with hearing loss, cerebral palsy or physical impairment.


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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Sharyn Takacs
09 Nov 2020
I found it concise and helpful and a great resource to help me educate pregnant women.
Penelope Speldewinde
08 Nov 2020
This is a quick and informative update of knowledge of CMV infections in pregnancy
Bina Baniya
20 Mar 2021
Racheal Harris
10 Nov 2020
Excellent, informative and easy reading
Robyn Cosgrove
22 Nov 2020
Very helpful and informative
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Betty Randall
12 May 2022
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Brief and informative
Angela Parker
09 Nov 2020
Very important topic that is not common knowledge to prospective parents but should be.
Jessica Taplin
10 Jan 2021
Very interesting and helpful with personal and professional education.
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