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Doctor insights on: Fifth Disease Exposure During Pregnancy

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Can catching fifth disease during third trimester cause problems for baby at birth, ?

Can catching fifth disease during third trimester cause problems for baby at birth, ?

Rare: Fetal complications from exposure to fifth disease or parvovirus are rare in the 3rd trimester. Have you had a test to see if you've been exposed? Your doctor can perform a blood test to see if you have been exposed. ...Read more

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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Fifths disease exposure during pregnancy, what to do?

Fifths disease exposure during pregnancy, what to do?

Parvo and pregnant: Fortunately, about half of pregnant exposed to Parvovirus B19 are already immune, and there are no ill consequences to mother or baby. Risk of miscarriage and fetal anemia occurs in less than 5%, usually in the first few months of gestation. There is no treatment, but your OB may want to increase monitoring, and they would likely want to be notified of your possible infection. ...Read more

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Can fifth disease be transmitted to a woman's fetus in the 3rd trimester?

Yes: If mom never had it as a kid she can get it during any stage of pregnancy.It can also pass to the fetus & produce problems. ...Read more

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Can the pregnancy/fetus be effected in 1st-2nd month of pregnancy by cosmic rays during flight? Or should I avoid flight during pregnancy?

Can the pregnancy/fetus be effected in 1st-2nd month of pregnancy by cosmic rays during flight? Or should I avoid flight during pregnancy?

Relax: There is no documented evidence that these have any more effect on the fetus than they would if you were on the ground. ...Read more

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Can fifth disease be transferred to a pregnant woman's fetus in the final trimester?

Can fifth disease be transferred to a pregnant woman's fetus in the final trimester?

Yes: Fifth disease is a viral process that is usually experienced in childhood. It can infect a susceptible adult, pregnant or not. During the illness the normal body's bone marrow often slows down blood production for a while, but this goes unnoticed since we only replace 1-2% of out blood/day. However, if a fetus experiences 5ths, the effect can be significant. Close OB monitoring is important. ...Read more

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Could Zika affect infants? It is already known third trimester pregnancy infections could be devastating even without microcephaly

Could Zika affect infants? It is already known third trimester pregnancy infections could be devastating even without microcephaly

Remains to be seen: I would expect significant problems with zika for anyone having it in childhood with less impairment as they age. It attacks the fragile growing nerves in the brain which develop most rapidly in early pregnancy but continue to grow/connect as kids age. Most rapid growth slows after two, but continues into young adulthood.The small head issue is a reflection of the early damage ...Read more

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During what time during the pregnancy is the fetus most at risk to virus' and drug exposure?

Varies : Some exposures are time sensitive, thalidamide produces undeveloped limbs only to those exposed from 6-9 wks. Some are variable, alcohol can alter facial features or heart formation in the 1st trimester but injury to brain function throughout pregnancy.Some infections cause fetal loss early, but organ injury, deafness, blindness etc if it occurs late. ...Read more

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25 weeks pregnant, is Zika risk still a concern in third trimester?

25 weeks pregnant, is Zika risk still a concern in third trimester?

Yes,: The neurological damage from exposure to Zika in the third trimester is more subtle than when the exposure occurs earlier in pregnancy, None-the-less, observational experience strongly suggests that, even if the brain appears anatomically normal at birth, developmental problems may emerge as the child grows. ...Read more

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Could HIV be spread during the "window period"?

Could HIV be spread during the "window period"?

Yes: Patient who are "recently" infected with HIV but are not yet testing positive for the virus (in the window period) are potentially infectious and can spread the virus to others. ...Read more

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Is there any risk in having sexual intercourse during the first trimester in pregnancy ?

Is there any risk in having sexual intercourse during the first trimester in pregnancy ?

Yes: Unless your doctor tells you not to due to a specific complication of pregnancy, sex is safe throughout pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is there a link between excessive X-ray exposure during childhood and paget's disease of breast later in life?

Is there a link between excessive X-ray exposure during childhood and paget's disease of breast later in life?

Maybe: I cannot find literature to support previous x-ray exposure as a cause of paget's disease of the breast. However, radiation therapy to the breast received during hodgkin's lymphoma treatment in the past has led to increased risk of breast cancer in female survivors. ...Read more

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Can a fetus' heart beat be detected during the early stages of ectopic pregnancy?

Can a fetus' heart beat be detected during the early stages of ectopic pregnancy?

Yes, on ultrasound: Yes with an ectopic, you can sometimes see a heartbeat on ultrasound. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Fifth Disease (Definition)

A viral illness caused by parvovirus, also known as Erthema Infectiosum. It starts with a "slapped cheek" rash on cheeks and a flat red spotted rash, mostly on the arms and upper legs. Once the rash appears, you are no longer contagious. It can be harmful to an unborn baby, if mom has never had it. Adults can get joint swelling and pain. You only get it ...Read more


Dr. Shari Jackson
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Slapped Cheek Rash (Definition)

Slapped cheek rash is characteristic of erythema infectiosum or fifth disease. Patients with fifth disease also have a lacy red rash on the rest of their body. The organism causing this is parvovirus ...Read more