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i am 38 weeks pregnant and may have been exposed to 2 children with fifths disease since 35 weeks pregnant. is this dangerous to my unborn baby?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Do tell your OB, who: Can order lab work to determine whether you're immune to parvovirus b19, have had a recent infection or have had no infection. 50-60% of adults are immune because of prior infection. The risk for miscarriage is during the first 20 wks; from 9-20 weeks there's.
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 28 years experience
Depends if you had : 50% pregnant women had 5th disease (parvovirus b19) so their babies are protected. Women who have not had it, most of the time, the disease does not do any damage to unborn babies. However 5% of the time, babies can get severe anemia from mom's infection, especially in first 1/2 of pregnancy. Please let your OB know right away you were exposed, get blood test. You may have had b19 already.

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