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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Fifth Disease During Pregnancy

Fifth disease isn't a big deal -- unless you have it during pregnancy. Then it can be passed to baby and cause problems. Here's the info you need to prevent that.

What’s the best way to treat fifth disease during pregnancy?

It’s a viral infection, so fifth disease usually just runs its course. If you think you’ve been exposed during your pregnancy, tell your doctor. He’ll want to check your immune status. If you develop an active infection during pregnancy, your doctor may order additional testing to monitor the health of your baby.

What can I do to prevent fifth disease during pregnancy?

Wash your hands! Parvovirus is most contagious before people get symptoms, so you don’t really know who has it. You just need to try to stay germ-free.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have parvovirus?

“I went to the ob-gyn, and she said it looks like parvovirus and ran blood work for that and chicken pox. She also told me that parvovirus is one of the few viruses that can reach the baby through the placenta, so if I do have it, I’ll have to have weekly growth ultrasounds.”

Are there any other resources for fifth disease during pregnancy?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FifthDisease.org

Plus, more from The Bump:

What the Placenta Does

Fever During Pregnancy

Staying Healthy While Pregnant

-- Jennifer L.W. Fink

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