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Q&A: Is it safe to be around the chickenpox while pregnant?

Is it safe to be around a child who has the chickenpox while I'm pregnant?

Re: Is it safe to be around a child who has the chickenpox while I'm pregnant?

The Bump Expert

It really depends on whether or not you’ve had the virus inthe past and at what stage of pregnancy you’re at. If you had chicken poxyourself when you were young, then your body’s most likely immune to the virusnow and you’ll be far less likely to contract it. But if you’re one of thelucky few who’ve never had the pleasure of being housebound for a week,scratching like crazy, then you may still be at risk of contracting the virusin adulthood -- and being pregnant with the chicken pox is fun for no one.

If you do contract the virus, it’s mostly a problem if youcontract it within your first 20 weeks or shortly before delivery. If you getit within that 20-week mark, baby faces the risk of getting congenitalvaricella syndrome, which is characterized by malformed limbs, vision problems,skin scars, muscle and bone defects, and mental retardation. If you contract the virus shortly beforedelivery, baby faces the risk of contracting an infection that could belife-threatening. However, baby can be treated with an injection of immuneglobulin, which may prevent any side-effects.

Our advice: To play it safe, do your best to avoid contactwith anyone who currently has chickenpox. Not sure if you ever had the virus? Your doctor can give you a blood testto determine if you have the chicken pox antibodies.

Kerry Dougherty

Q&A: Is it safe to be around the chickenpox while pregnant?

If you have already had a strong case of chickenpox (or been vaccinated) then it is okay. However, if you have never had chickenpox, it is extremely dangerous! If you get chickenpox while pregnant, your baby can have severe birthdefects. BTW, shingles is related to the same virus and you can get chickenpox from someone who has a case of active shingles (unless you are immune to chicken pox from vaccination or previous case).

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Q&A: Is it safe to be around the chickenpox while pregnant?

My aunt knew she was vaccinated against chickenpox but the tests she made at rhinoplasty Seattle clinic proved she did not have chickenpox antibodies in her blood. The doctor told her she must stay away from people having this virus because her baby can have severe birth defects, luckily she made that test at the clinic and found out in time about this.

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