CMV is a common virus that infects people of all ages, regardless of ethnicity or socio-economic class, and most people have been exposed to CMV at some point in their lifetime without their knowledge. In fact, it is estimated that 50-80% of adults in the United States have been infected with CMV until the age of 40 years. Once CMV is in a person’s body, it stays there for life.

Every woman at childbearing age have to know her CMV status. Before you plan to conceive, ask your doctor to perform blood tests for CMV IgG and IgM antibody (addresses here in Romania).

If you are already pregnant, you can request that CMV IgM and IgG antibody lab tests to be added to your routine labs.

Here is an explanation of IgG and IgM antibody test results and what they mean for your pregnancy:

Result  Interpretation (an extended approach is here)
IgG negative – IgM negative – Not previously CMV infected – At risk for primary infection
IgG positive – IgM positive – Recent CMV infection
IgG positive – IgM negative – Past CMV infection that is not recent


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Source: National CMV Foundation (PO BOX 18322 Tampa, FL 33679, USA).


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