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Are shingles harmful to pregnant women?

Are shingles harmful to pregnant women?

No risk: If you get shingles when you’re pregnant, it’s usually mild and there’s no risk to you or your baby. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is shingles dangerous for 9 week pregnancy?

Is shingles dangerous for 9 week pregnancy?

Probably not...: Unlike chicken pox, herpes zoster doesn't seem to be related to problems with the baby. ...Read more

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Could I get shingles from my husband? He has had shingles before and now I'm pregnant

Could I get shingles from my husband? He has had shingles before and now I'm pregnant

Not likely: Be certain to discuss with your obstetrician. Your highest risk is if your husband is experiencing a current outbreak of shingles ( varicella zoster) and you have no prior history of chicken pox. If he is not actively experiencing any clinical symptoms of dermatomal pain , vesicles and / or rash, your risk is low. ...Read more

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B4 I get pregnant I want to get as much as possible. How do I purposely get the shingles?

B4 I get pregnant I want to get as much as possible. How do I purposely get the shingles?

You cannot: Before you are pregnant you should be tested to see if you have immunity to rubella (german measles), varicella (chicken pox, and also causes shingles) and be immunized for these diseases to reduce the risk of contracting them while pregnant, if non-immune. You should also be immunized against pertussis (whooping cough) as well. ...Read more

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I have shingles. Is it ok to be around a pregnant person? My neice is having a baby shower tomorrow.

Yes: Remember that shingles is the chicken pox virus. She's either been vaccinated in childhood and is immune or had chicken pox and is already exposed. Not to worry. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband has had shingles before and now I'm pregnant could I get shingles from him?

What do you suggest if my husband has had shingles before and now I'm pregnant could I get shingles from him?

More Info: It is remotely possible to contract Chicken Pox from the oozing fluid from the shingles outbreaks on the skin, particularly if you are not immune or have lost of your immunity.The problem in that case is that a Chicken Pox (Varicella) infection during pregnancy can be transmitted to the fetus possibly resulting in a fetal injury. If exposed treatment is Varicella Igg Immune Globulin within 3 days ...Read more

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Can shingles during pregnancy be harmful to the baby?

Can shingles during pregnancy be harmful to the baby?

Doubt any effect: Shingles is essentially the emergence of a hibernating virus from nerve clusters along the inside of your spine. It travels out the nerve, like a canoe paddling down river to the skin, where pt causes pain & blisters that contain the reactivated virus. To affect baby it would need to enter the blood & pass thru the placenta. This is not a feature of shingles. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more