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what is the risk of chiken box at 28 wk.gestational?

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Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Chickenpox: Chickenpox is more of an issue for the baby in the first trimester. However, adults getting chickenpox are at risk of respiratory issues from the chickenpox and in general have more complications than healthy children. If you have chickenpox stay away from other pregnant women. Best course of action is to call your OB provider and see if they recommend medication.

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At what times is chicken pox contagious?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Till rash is crusted: Chicken pox is contagious for a minimum of 5 days after the onset of the rash until all the lesions are crusted over- whichever is longer.
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What will happen if my baby gets the chicken pox?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
With chickenpox...: ...Fever and a "bubbly" rash are usually the only signs. In most people, scarring of the skin where the bubbles popped is the only long-term effect; in some, more serious complications such as "flesh-eating disease", brain inflammation, or pneumonia, can occur. Before vaccine was introduced, about 50 children and 50 adults died each year, out of tens of thousands who contracted chickenpox.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Diet and exercise: We start with a diabetic diet and regular exercise. If your sugars are still high, we can try oral medications (like glyburide). If you have very high sugars, we use Insulin injections to control the sugars.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to change the littler box while pregnant?

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Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
No: Cats can carry a parasite that can cause toxoplasmosis. We can get it from being exposed to the animal's feces. If you are infected for the first time while you are pregnant, you can pass the disease to the baby. Toxoplasmosis can cause birth defects, such as hearing loss, vision problems, or mental retardation. So it's best to have someone else clean out the litter box.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Do I have to continue to avoid the litter box after pregnancy?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
No: The fear of litter boxes is due to "toxo"--or toxoplasmosis, an infection transmitted through cat feces. The truth is, more cases of toxo are caused by gardening than cats! if your cat is a 100% indoor cat, you can 1) screen your cat for toxo with your vet, and 2) when it's negative 3) make your husband change the litter box...Or, take comfort, and change it yourself.

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