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I had pregnancy that ended in fetal hydrops. just had an answer that parvovirus can cause it. i teach. i must have caught it and passed it feel guilty?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not your fault: I am sorry for your loss. However, you did not do anything wrong. Some times bad things happen to good people. Keep faith. For your health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Provided original answer
Your being depressed is understandable and to be expected. Please remember that "This too shall pass". However, you do need to take care of your health. It may help to talk to a doctor as effective treatments for depression are available. May God bless you with good health, happiness and prosperity!
Nov 24, 2015
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Hydrops is an : ultrasound marker of many fetal diseases. ~ 8% of cases are caused by infections. Ask your OB for results of chromosome analysis & chromosomal microarray in amniotic fluid & in fetus post-mortem, toxoplasmosis, herpes & cytomegalovirus titers, Parvovirus B19 IgM & IgG titers when hydrops appeared & 2 weeks later & pre- & post-mortem exams of fetus for congenital anomalies, anemia & infections.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Provided original answer
Anemia from Parvovirus B19 is the cause in ~ 27% of anatomically normal fetuses. If you had a febrile illness with joint aches & pains in the 1st 20 weeks of pregnancy during an outbreak of Fifth Disease at your school, it's still not your fault. Once an epidemic is identified, the risk is the same for pregnant teachers & health care workers whether they stay home or not. Please seek therapy.
Nov 25, 2015

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