Chicken Pox or Shingles During Pregnancy
Find out if you might have chicken pox or shingles -- and if you do, how you can treat it safely during pregnancy.
What’s the best way to treat varicella during pregnancy?
Most of the time you just have to wait it out. Eventually symptoms will go away on their own (in about 5 to 10 days), although you can use calamine lotion or similar products to help alleviate the itching caused by the rash. An oatmeal bath can also help curb the itchiness.
What can I do to prevent getting varicella?
Unfortunately, once you’re pregnant you shouldn’t get the chicken pox vaccine, so if you don’t have immunity, it’s important to avoid anyone who does have the virus. Thankfully, most people are now vaccinated against it or have already had it. Make sure your partner and anyone else you live with is immune.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have varicella?
“I got shingles in my first pregnancy at 14 weeks. No idea how I contracted it, but I do teach, so any little cherub could have shared that with me. I was just put on some herpes medicine that escapes me, and my baby is totally normal and fine.”
“I’m 18 weeks pregnant, and my doctor just diagnosed me with shingles. Which is painful, but mostly just stressful. I asked about birth defects; she said there is a risk, but very small.”
“I had shingles during my last pregnancy, and it was awful. And buying Valtrex (I think this is commonly used for genital herpes) with my giant pregnant belly was a little awkward!”
Are there any other resources for varicella during pregnancy?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Pregnancy Association
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