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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

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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What is a safe way to treat shingles during pregnancy?

What is a safe way to treat shingles during pregnancy?

Valtrex (valacyclovir) for 7 days: Shingles is when dormant chickenpox virus reactivates and causes painful blisters on limited areas of your skin. It will often appear with pregnancy and other immunocompromised states. Shingles is not dangerous to your unborn baby. The best treatment is oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) for seven days. Valtrex is a prescription drug and is felt to be safe to take in pregnancy. ...Read more

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I recently had shingles. What can I take during my pregnancy to minimize the transmission of the virus to my baby?

I recently had shingles. What can I take during my pregnancy to minimize the transmission of the virus to my baby?

Not necessary: Shingles are a skin eruption caused by the chicken pox virus that you likely contracted in childhood. The virus is present in the nerve root supplying the skin area where the eruption occurs. With normal immunity you will also have circulating antibody to the virus that will be protective for the neonate. If you have a suppressed immune system, you should consult your doctor. ...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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I had shingles on my 1st pregnancy and I got miscarriage, we are trying to conceive again, is it possible that I might get shingles again?

I had shingles on my 1st pregnancy and I got miscarriage, we are trying to conceive again, is it possible that I might get shingles again?

Rare: Around 1%. Talk to your doctor about the zoster vaccine which would help prevent another outbreak even more. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can stress cause a lengthy period? I'm 17 and had shingles back in August. I have protected sex with condoms every time. I'm having a three week period this month and a negative HPT. Am I in the clear for pregnancy?

Can stress cause a lengthy period? I'm 17 and had shingles back in August. I have protected sex with condoms every time. I'm having a three week period this month and a negative HPT. Am I in the clear for pregnancy?

No: You could certainly be pregnant condoms are not hundred percent effective recheck your pregnancy test every few days until you have a normal.Menses. many things can affect your menstrual period hormones thyroid disorders stress infections. Seen OB/GYN physician for specific diagnosis and treatment for your condition ...Read more

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Is acyclovir safe to take in first month of pregnancy? I had herpes zoster mild took acyclovir 5 times a day for 5 days 800mg. I'm now pregnant?

Is acyclovir safe to take in first month of pregnancy? I had herpes zoster mild took acyclovir 5 times a day for 5 days 800mg. I'm now pregnant?

Probably fine: Acyclovir is technically pregnancy category c, meaning formal studies on the affect on human pregnancies have not been done. There is some data in the literature that shows no risk. But it is still not widely recommended. That being said, if the risk outweighs the benefits then one should be treated. Please discuss this with your OB doc. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy cause herpes zoster ophthalmicus to come back in my cornea? I heard stress can cause it to come back.

Can pregnancy cause herpes zoster ophthalmicus to come back in my cornea? I heard stress can cause it to come back.

It can: Pregnancy can depress your immune system and allow zoster to resurface. Look out for eye pain, redness, changes in vision, or rash / vesicles. That said, if you are otherwise healthy and without HIV/AIDS, cancer, or use of steroids, pregnancy alone should not elevate your risk of shingles much more than a normal host. ...Read more

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I had very mild herpes zoster just 8 blisters and I am cured now my pregnancy test is positive now after 5 days of medicine. Can it affect the fetus?

I had very mild herpes zoster just 8 blisters and I am cured now my pregnancy test is positive now after 5 days of medicine. Can it affect the fetus?

Zoster: It should not affect the fetus. It is a reactivation of the virus that you have had since chicken pox (or the vaccine) in your youth. With shingles (zoster), the virus does not travel through the blood stream - it travels locally down a nerve and to the skin. If anything it will boost your immunity to shingles/chicken pox during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How can I avoid toxic exposure during pregnancy?

Route of exposure: The three most common routes of exposure to toxins are oral (ingestion), respiratory (breathing in), transdermal (through the skin). Learn the potential toxins and avoid the routes above. Remember each toxin or toxoid has an entry route & specific combination of symptoms. Some common are tobacco smoke and smog in air, heavy metals and pharmaceuticals for oral, and oil based toxic substance 4skin. ...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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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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I had a possible exposure to HIV when I was pregnant tested neg twice during pregnancy and me and my daughter got tested and was neg shes5 tested 5/14?

I had a possible exposure to HIV when I was pregnant tested neg twice during pregnancy and me and my daughter got tested and was neg shes5 tested 5/14?

See details: Your daughter is not infected and needs no further testing. If you were tested negative 3-6 months after exposure you also need no further testing. ...Read more

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Are there any adverse effects if you have exposure to radiation during pregnancy?

Are there any adverse effects if you have exposure to radiation during pregnancy?

We make effort to: Not expose potentially or actually pregnant women to any ionizing radiation. The effects are on the developing pregnancy and depend on developmental age. You would need to know how many weeks pregnant at time of exposure. Tell your obstetrician or report back to where the x-ray procedure was done. ...Read more

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She you avoid chicken pox exposure during pregnancy?

She you avoid chicken pox exposure during pregnancy?

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

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Ct scan radiation exposure during pregnancy, anything to worry about?

Ct scan radiation exposure during pregnancy, anything to worry about?

Radiology department: Universally ask about pregnancy before any x-ray procedure. There is potential injury to developing embryo and foetus to any ionizing radiation during the first 3 months of pregnancy, and other hazard in last 2 trimesters. See your obstetrician, tell the facility that did the ct scan and follow their advice. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about heat exposure in pregnancy?

What do I need to know about heat exposure in pregnancy?

Common sense: Always follow common sense, especially when pregnant. It is recommended to avoid the extremes of heat and cold when pregnant as you want to protect the growing baby inside you as best as you can as a mother. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does wi-fi connection radiation exposure affects my pregnancy?

Does wi-fi connection radiation exposure affects my pregnancy?

Likely Not: There is no data to support this. Please discuss further with your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroid. My dose was increased during ppregnancy i.E 100 mg. Before pregnancy I took 75 mg. Now wht should my dose shd?

I have hypothyroid. My dose was increased during ppregnancy i.E 100 mg. Before pregnancy I took 75 mg. Now wht should my dose shd?

Check labs: Binding proteins returning to normal lead many woman to return to their pre pregnancy dose. Factors like weight gain and breast feeding can keep a dose higher. A lab draw will help. ...Read more

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Whats's the recommended vit e and vit c supplement dosage during pregnancy?

Whats's the recommended vit e and vit c supplement dosage during pregnancy?

Prenatal vitamin: Your physician prescribed prenatal vitamin will give you what you and the fetus need for vit e and c. In addition, it is wise to add omega 3 fatty acid supplementation to help reduce the risk of postpartum depression and to help fetal brain and eye development. (dosage: 1000mg dha and 1200mg epa. Nordic naturals ultimate omega and trader joe's brand are both mercury free). ...Read more

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Is airborne safe during pregnancy?

Is airborne safe during pregnancy?

Wouldn't do it.: Airborne is a cocktail of vitamins and minerals which is supposed to boost the immune system when a common cold is suspected. It contains vitamin a, which in excess may cause birth defects. Also, there is no evidence that airborne is effective at all and you should not waste your money. ...Read more

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Is a drysuit safe during pregnancy?

The issue with a: Dry suit is what you are doing in it. If you are snorkeling or swimming that is fine. If you are diving in a dry suit, that is not healthy during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can we eat brinjal during pregnancy?

Can we eat brinjal during pregnancy?

Sure: There is no reason you can't eat eggplant during pregnancy ...Read more

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Can I take pedilax during pregnancy?

Can I take pedilax during pregnancy?

For constipation?: If you are asking about suppositories, the answer is yes. If you are speaking of oral, I would recommend something else, like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to help with constipation. It's not absorbed by the body and is gentler than many anti-contstipation medications. Make sure to drink a lot of water if you are having problems with constipation. Drink until your pee is clear/white, no yellow. ...Read more

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What is best to eat during pregnancy?

What is best to eat during pregnancy?

Healthy stuff!: A healthy, well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and the proper amount of grains and protein is best for pregnancy. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What tests are done during pregnancy?

What tests are done during pregnancy?

Blood and urine: 1. CBC (complete blood count).
2. Blood type and screen.
3. Variety of STD screens, including HIV.
4. Urine culture.
5. Pap smear (age 21 and over).
The above list is not exhaustive. ...Read more

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Can you take keprra during pregnancy?

Can you take keprra during pregnancy?

There is risk: Patients using Levetiracetam (Keppra) should be aware that there appears to be a small chance of malformations with using the medication while pregnant, but that the data are limited. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

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