Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and Pregnancy Complications

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) can affect pregnant women. Find out the risks for pregnant women infected by HFMD.

What is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)?

It is an infectious disease caused by a family of viruses called Enteroviruses -- the most common being the Coxsackievirus and Enterovirus. It can occur in people from various age groups, especially pre-schoolers. It is a very common disease in Singapore and has been in existence for many years. 

What are the Risks for Pregnant Women Infected by HFMD?

Pregnant women who get HFMD may experience miscarriage, stillbirth or severe disease in the newborn with multiorgan failure (if the mother acquired the infection close to delivery).

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