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Is It Dangerous To Be Around Someone With Chicken Pox When I Am Pregnant
Yes: It is only dangerous if you have not had chicken pox in the past. If you have then, you are immune. Many people who did not have it as a child were actually exposed and are also immune. If you are exposed to chicken pox while pregnant and you did not have it as a child then your doctor should test your antibodies to see if you are immune. If you are not immune then you need a shot called vzig. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
27wks pregnant & my nephew have chicken pox. I had chicken pox when I was 3. I am just worried that it would harm my baby if a member has chicken pox?
Relax: Your fetus is sharing the antibodies you developed when you had cpx at 3, so neither you or your baby have any risk. Even if you never had cpx, the risk to a developing fetus at that stage (if it got it) is small. There are cases where minor skin scarring was noted, but cpx is not the big risk that many other infections are to a fetus. ...Read more
What to do if I have chicken pox when I was on my 3 or 4 months of pregnancy..could it harm my baby?
Yes it can: Most babies are born healthy even if their mother does get Chicken Pox during pregnancy But early pregnancy Chickrn Pox can infect the fetus and can cause severe birth defects such as small deformed arms and legs,skin scars,eye problems,mental retardation,prematurity and early death. This rare condition is known as Congenital Varicella Syndrome.It usually happens in first trimester up to 3 months ...Read more
12 wks pregnant, coworker has shingles. Been around her a lot lately. I had chicken pox when I was younger. do I need to get a vaccine or something?
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
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
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
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
Pregnancy varicella: If mother gets chicken pox infection during early gestational period (weeks 8 to 20) the fetus is at risk for developing congenital varicella syndrome with limb hypoplasia, skin lesions, neurologic anomalies and eye damage. It is also associated with developing herpes zoster during infancy. Please consult OBGYN expert and neonatologist asap. ...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
Probably not: Chances are good that no harm will come to baby, but timing is a factor. If you get chicken pox during first or second trimester of pregnancy, there's a slight risk (less than 2 percent overall) that your baby will get something called congenital varicella syndrome. The risk is highest (about 2 percent) if you're infected between 13 and 20 weeks' gestation. At 6 mos. Virtually no risk. ...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
Yes: I hope your dreams come true. Best wishes. ...Read more
I took 1st dose chicken pox 6 weeks ago. If i get pregnant before i take the 2nd dose what are the risks?
The risks are less: The risks for a woman and her fetus are LESS if she has had chicken pox or the vaccine, before getting pregnant, compared to the risks if she never had chicken pox nor the vaccine. So far, women who got the vaccine just prior to getting pregnant have not gotten any unusual side effects from getting the vaccine (meaning the vaccine doesn't cause a problem). Can get the second shot after delivery. ...Read more
Confusing question: If you have been immunized or had prior infections with these agents, it is unlikely you would become infected during pregnancy. However, if not immune, pregnant women can and do become infected with either or both. The vaccines for both are not recommended during pregnancy, although many who have received them without knowing of their pregnancy turned out fine. ...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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