2019 Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

Pregnancy

Prevent Infections During Pregnancy

As an adjunct to good health, WIC can help increase awareness among pregnant women about infections that can potentially be passed from mother to the unborn child.  

Resources that can help increase such awareness include those from the Office on Women’s Health, that provides information and resources related to the medical checkups and screening tests that are part of prenatal care (available in Spanish).

The CDC has a collection page dedicated to the common, and often dangerous, infections mom may encounter during pregnancy (also available in Spanish), including Zika, Strep, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Listeriosis.  The page includes many links, resources, handouts (several in Spanish), and information about how moms can protect her fetus or newborn from these infections.

Woman who are HIV positive are at higher risk for other infections that can also pass from mother to child during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding. The Office of Women’s Health offers both basic and in-depth HIV/AIDS information and resources related to how women can prevent, be tested for and manage the disease.  This web page is also available in Spanish.

WIC staff can provide women who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS with important information and education on nutrition, infant nutrition, and food safety as well as referrals to health care and other social services. WIC State agencies can review WIC Nutrition Risk Criteria 352b Infectious Diseases - Chronic to see how WIC nutrition services can help improve the health and birth outcomes of participants with HIV/AIDS.

On the WIC Works Resource System, you’ll find more information to help educate WIC moms on how to prevent and manage HIV and other infections.

Prenatal Infection Prevention
Developed by: HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
HHS, Office on Women's Health
USDA, Food and Nutrition Service