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CMV Awareness

on September 22, 2012

Cmv awareness is crucial, pregnant women are at risk…not enough is being done by healthcare providers to spread awareness

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CMV is more common than Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Spina Bifida!  1 in 750 babies will be permanently disabled due to CMV infection.   As you know, I contracted CMV (Cytomegalovirus) when I was pregnant with Hudson during the 12th – 20th week.  80% of his brain was damaged due to what would have presented like the common cold.   CMV Sucks.  And there needs to be more awareness.    Check out this graph from the CDC website.

It’s crazy that I hadn’t even heard of congenital CMV before now.   However, it’s estimated to be the leading cause of deafness in children.  It can also cause blindness, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and the list goes on.    A little girl at Hudsons daycare is deaf due to CMV infection.  Her mommy and I were pregnant at the same time!  CMV is often prevalent in daycare centers where there are lots of kids, lots of saliva, lots of bodily fluids, etc.  If your pregnant…

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