Women and TORCH Infections
The symptoms and signs of a vertically transmitted infection depend on the individual pathogen. It may cause subtle signs such as an influenza-like illness and may not even be noticed by the mother during the pregnancy. In such cases, the effects may be seen first at birth.
Symptoms of a vertically transmitted infection may include fever and poor feeding. The newborn is often small for gestational age. A petechial rash on the skin may be present, with small reddish or purplish spots due to bleeding from capillaries under the skin. Hearing impairment, eye problems, mental retardation, autism, and death can be caused by vertically transmitted infections. The mother often has a mild infection with few or no symptoms.1
1. Website [Internet]. Available from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertically_transmitted_infection