If a pregnant woman is having chicken pox, does that mean her baby has them too?

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.

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How serious is it for a pregnant woman to be in contact with a child with chicken pox?

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 more...
Can be serious. If the mom was not vaccinated as a youth or never had chicken pox it can be very harmful to the baby depending on what trimester. Read more...

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...