CMV During Pregnancy and the Right to Choose

By Courtney Brame May 24, 2019

On the latest episode of Something Positive for Positive People, Lindsey shares her experience through her pregnancy where she finds out – after alerting the doctor that she knew something wasn’t right with her body repeatedly and then being dismissed –  that at some point she had been exposed to CMV during her pregnancy.


CMV, which is short for Cytomegalovirus (pronounced sy-toe-MEG-a-low-vy-rus), is a common virus that infects people of all ages. Over half of adults by age 40 have been infected with CMV. Once CMV is in a person’s body, it stays there for life and can reactivate. Most people infected with CMV show no signs or symptoms. However, CMV infection can cause serious health problems for people with weakened immune systems and for unborn babies.


Already several weeks into the pregnancy, Lindsey was given the information on what the baby’s life could look like if she chose to go through with birthing the child. She was informed about the child’s potential disabilities and challenges it would face IF it would not be stillborn. Lindsey was given a choice and made the choice that she felt was best for her.


Given the political climate we’re in right now where reproductive rights are being restricted, this episode is more important than ever.


Listen to the full story below, and stay sex positive!



Courtney W. Brame is the Founder of Something Positive for Positive People, a hub of sex-positive resources.