I Need Help To Find Out About CMV Cytomegalovirus

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Lindsay - September 8

I went to the doctor for my 12 week checkup and the doctor told me I have the antibodies in my system for CMV(Cytomegalovirus). I got the hear the heartbeat and see an ultrasound and everything looked and sounded great. The doctor is sending me to neonatal doctor to make sure everything is ok. I researched a little online and it says that you should worry if you contract it while pregnant but I didn't. Has anyone heard of this, has this or has gone through this as well and wouldn't mind sharing their experience.... thanks

 

Lindsay - September 8

UPDATE I am posting again to give a slight update. I went to the doctor on 9-7-05 for an ultrasound and to speak with a specialist on this matter. I really don't feel like I got anywhere at this appointment as the doctor gave me 3 options. The doctor said I could (1) terminate the pregnancy but gave me no reason to and cannot tell me that there is anything wrong now and cannot give me how likely I am to have problems. (2) next option was to continue on with pregnancy by monitoring monthly with ultrasound and then (3) would be to have an amniocentesis and see if the baby is testing positive for CMV. Basically it was explained to me that there are 3 ways the baby can have problems. It has to be lined up so that I obtained the virus in my first 12 weeks of pregnancy, next the baby would have to have been infected. A mom can have the virus or could have obtained the virus and the baby not become infected. Third, if the baby is infected, it has to then become effected. Which means the baby canbe infected but not have any effects from the CMV virus. I wanted to post this information for anyone else out there going through this as we felt we were in the dark with the limited information we were getting. If there is anyone out there that has suffered this or has a child that has this or they had this while pregnant and the child had effects or did not, please post to this. My husband and I are trying to take this one day at a time and will see the doctor again on 10-7-05 (my birthday) in hopes that the doctor will be able to tell us more and if our baby will have problems or not. Feel free to email me at [email protected] with any info that you have...thanks in advance to everyone who reads and responds.... By the way, I am 14 weeks and 4 days

 

Kelly K - September 8

Here is a website I found from the CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/cmv.htm - take out any dashes that may appear.

 

d - September 10

hi lindsay, please dont think im trying to scare or worry you but i also tested positive to cmv back in 2001 which resulted in my baby dying.i was nearly 5mths pregnant. i wish you the best of luck with what ever happens.xxxx

 

Lindsay - September 10

D- Was this found out early on in your pregnancy or was this discovered once you lost the baby. I am sorry to hear or your loss and even though you state not to worry, I feel it to be natural to worry. Were you able to find out any information about it? I know death by CMV is rare after all of my reaserch. Do you know when you contracted it?

 

Lindsay - September 28

Well I just went to my midwife again today and I am 17 weeks. She said so far so good and I got for ultrasound next friday 10-7. Hopefully we will find out the s_x at that appointment. But overall no new updates on the CMV. My midwife seems to think that it did occur in the very beginning of my pregnancy but that is it. So we will just monitor with ultrasound to see how everything goes.

 

d - September 28

lindsay-sorry bout the late reply. no this wasnt found early on, it wasnt found until teats were done after i had given birth to the baby.also no i dont know when or where i contracted it, doctor said it is just like contracting a cold and can happen to anyone.a few weeks before i was visiting my niese at childrens hospital so could of caught it from there??i actually dont know a lot about it, although the doctor did say that once you have it once you are practically immune against catching it again!iam so happy tohear everything is ok and goodluck for the rest of your pregnancy!

 

kim j - September 28

HOPE I DONT SOUND LIKE AN IDIOT BUT I HAVE NEVER HEASRD OF THIS.... WHAT IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET IT?

 

Lindsay - September 29

Thanks for the posts D and Kim. Well I guess it is a good thing they have found this when they did and I am just hoping for the best now. TO Kim, CMV (Cytomegalovirus) is a virus that is contracted through physical contact and very common in small children in day care centers. It is a cold like virus similar to mono. A lot of times they call this virus, the "silent virus" because you can have no syptoms and just get it and have it in your system with no problems. Most of the time, it causes no problems but in pregnant women that get it, it can cause problems such as fever, jaundice or even hearing loss, loss of vision or mental and physical disabilities in the baby. The extreme problems it can cause rarely happen, but the possiblity is there. I just would like this virus known to women so they can get checked for this virus. To screen for this virus, you need to have a TORCH blood screening taken.

 

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