Normal flora and bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy: an overview.

  title={Normal flora and bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy: an overview.},
  author={M J Redelinghuys and Marthie Magdaleen Ehlers and Andries William Dreyer and Marleen Magdalena Kock},
  journal={Critical reviews in microbiology},
  volume={42 3},
The female genital tract is an intricate, yet balanced ecosystem that hosts a variety of different residential microflora. The physiological changes that occur during pregnancy may disrupt this balanced ecosystem and predispose women to a potentially pathogenic microbiota. Bacteria that are associated with bacterial vaginosis (BV) are opportunistic pathogens that frequently form part of this microbiota. The overgrowth of and infections with these bacteria are linked to poor obstetric outcomes… CONTINUE READING