Typhoid in Pregnancy

Updated: Apr 20


Being sick in pregnancy can have a detrimental effect on both the mother and the unborn baby's health, this is why extra care is given to the mothers to prevent them from falling ill.


Today we’ll be looking at typhoid fever, one of those conditions that can make a pregnancy high risk.


Typhoid is a bacterial infection caused by a bacteria called Salmonella typhi. Typhoid fever can spread easily by:

  • Using contaminated sewage water,

  • Eating contaminated food (usually small traces of poo found in food prepared by someone with poor hand hygiene)

  • Eating raw fruits and vegetables that are not properly washed or cooked,

  • Using contaminated toilets and having poor hygiene.

The bacterial infection is highly contagious and spreads from the intestines, multiplies, and gradually affects the organs.