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Woman Who Got 'a Bad Cold' During Pregnancy Is Shocked to Discover She Passed Common but Little-Known Virus to Her Unborn Baby Which Left Him Profoundly Deaf

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that’s relatively unknown even though 85 percent of adults have it in their body. Normally, CMV remains dormant, but it can become active and when it does, it can pose a danger for the babies of pregnant women. The Daily Mail reports that one woman’s baby is profoundly deaf as a result.

I haven’t talked about CMV for a while, but this virus, which lurks in saliva, not only can cause other birth defects such as cerebral palsy, but can kill your unborn child. What’s interesting is that kissing prior to pregnancy actually allows women to develop natural immunity that protects her children in utero. And, kissing the same person for about six months provides optimum protection.

Other ways to protect your babies before they’re born are to eat a healthy diet, don’t smoke and avoid alcohol. With diet, if you’re pregnant or planning to be, focus on minimizing processed foods while increasing your intake of vegetables, healthy fats and high-quality sources of protein. And be aware: a father’s diet prior to conception, particularly folate consumption, may also play a role in the risk of birth defects.

Some of the top foods to eat while pregnant include organic, free-range eggs, wild-caught salmon, pasture-fed dairy and meats, sweet potatoes, berries, broccoli and leafy greens. Optimizing your vitamin D levels is also vitally important as deficiency not only affects you, but increases your risk of complications during pregnancy or delivery. It also has short- and long-term ramifications for your child's health.
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