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Chicken Pox Pregnant Women
Difficult issue: About 2% of those infants born to mothers with chickenpox during the first 20 wks of pregnancy will have the fetal varicella syndrome.The risk may be higher in the earlier weeks. The effects include mental deficiency with or without seizures, brain shrinkage, small heads, eye defects, limb and skin defects. CPX at delivery could be harsh on mom and baby, but treatments are available. ...Read more
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
Maybe,maybe not : Most adults are immune, even when they don't remember having CPX (96%). If so, there is no effect.If not, a woman can have a mild or more intense case, with variable effect on the fetus ( ...Read more
Pregnancy and CP: Chickenpox in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy can very occasionally (one to two percent of cases) cause damage to the developing foetus. The types of abnormalities that can occur affect the skin (scarring), the limbs (shortening), the brain (mental retardation) and the eyes (blindness). In addition, chickenpox at any stage of pregnancy is a significant risk to the mother, particularly for chickenp. ...Read more
Chickenpox & Preg: If chickenpox develops during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy — particularly between weeks 8 and 20 — the baby faces a slight risk of a rare group of serious birth defects known as congenital varicella syndrome.The second window of vulnerability is at the end of pregnancy. If chickenpox develops during the few days before delivery, the baby may be born with a potentially life-threatening infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a woman get the MMR and chicken pox vaccines before finding out she is pregnant? Are there risks to her and the unborn child?
So far no problems: This has happened numerous times in the past and so far it has not resulted in any defined problems for the fetus.Physicians make an effort to avoid live vaccines like mmrv during pregnancy due to the expected potential for harm, but that is more out of great caution than recorded problems. Please discuss the issue with your ob. ...Read more
Depends: If you've had chicken pox yourself, don't worry, you're already protected. However, if you've never had chicken-pox or are not sure, call your OB asap. A varicella titer can be drawn, if you have no immunity, vzig (varicella zoster immune globulin) can be given if you're in time. A primary infection in pregnancy can be serious so call your doc now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Chickenpox in childhood should give you lifelong immunity. If unsure, your OB can check for the antibody (blood test) to make sure you're protected. However, make sure it is chickenpox and not some other viral infection (ie - parvovirus, cocksackie, etc) that can affect your pregnancy. If you're not sure, stay away and call your doc. ...Read more
Depends: Most women today do not reach child bearing years without having had chickenpox or the vaccine. That vaccine became available more than a decade ago for those over a year of age. If you had chickenpox or a blood test says you are immune, there is no reason to avoid it.If not immune, you should and a vaccination after delivery would be a good idea. ...Read more
Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more
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