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
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