The Miracle That Is Pregnancy

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The miracle that is pregnancy has fascinated mankind since the dawn of time. For nine months, a mother develops and nurtures the developing embryos that will soon create the future generation. Before the development of modern medicine, women have tried their best to protect themselves and their child from dangerous infections, environmental exposures and even toxic exposure. For centuries, women would trail against the hardships of their environment. Because of this, many women and children sacrificed themselves to the toxicity of the world around them without identifying the causing agent. Now, with much thanks the the advancement of the medical field and modern sciences, doctors have been able to identify these dangerous agents called…show more content…
Syphilis is most infectious during the primary and secondary stage. This infection, if not prevented correctly, can be easily passed down to a developing fetus. Syphilis is an extremely dangerous teratogen if passed down from mother to child, and can cause serious hardship on the growing family. Syphilis as a teratogen can have many effects on a developing fetus, including some serious and permanent problems. Being that is a infection, the growing child cannot be infected by syphilis early in the pregnancy due to a layer of “cells in the chronic villi of the placenta prevent the spirochete” (Gilbert-Barness, 2010) from entering the fetus’ blood stream. This protects the fetus until that cell layer disappears by the sixth month of pregnancy. This ultimately concludes that Syphilis could not be the cause of an abortion during the first trimester, although other reports have found a link of syphilitic endometritis causing fetal morbidity early on. Treponema palladium, which is spirochete that causes syphilis, maintains a high “risk of trans-placental infection to the fetus” (Rahman, 2015) which is what causes most mortalities during prenatal development when not treated properly. The risk of syphilis transmission from mother to child depends solely on the amount of spirochetes present in the mother’s blood, which is why women with primary and secondary stages carry a higher risk of transmission. When a baby is born with syphilis, known as congenital

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