Vertically transmitted ( mother to child )Vertically transmitted ( mother to child )infections of the fetus and newborn caninfections of the fetus and newborn cangenerally be dividedgenerally be dividedInto two major categories :Into two major categories :
: which are: which aretransmitted to the fetus in utero.transmitted to the fetus in utero.
Perinatal infectionsPerinatal infections
: which are: which areacquired intrapartum or in theacquired intrapartum or in thepostpartum period.postpartum period.
The first trimester is usually the mostThe first trimester is usually the mostdangerous time to acquire thesedangerous time to acquire theseinfections.infections.
Infection in the mother does not alwaysInfection in the mother does not alwaysmean that the baby will be affected.mean that the baby will be affected.