Chickenpox can be serious for your health during pregnancy. Complications can occur such as chest infection (pneumonia), inflammation of the liver (hepatitis) and inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). Very rarely, women can die from complications.
Can a pregnant woman be around someone with chickenpox?
If you’re already immune to chickenpox – if you’ve had chickenpox before, or have gotten the chickenpox vaccine, then there’s no need to worry about coming into contact with chickenpox while you’re pregnant.
What to do if pregnant and child has chickenpox?
Speak to your midwife or GP immediately if you:
- are pregnant and may have chickenpox.
- are pregnant and have been near someone who has it.
- get chickenpox up to seven days after giving birth. (NHS Choices, 2016)
Does chickenpox cause miscarriage?
Chickenpox can be risky in pregnancy if the mother is unvaccinated and has not already had the disease. Most likely, it will not cause miscarriage, but it can cause birth defects and stillbirth, depending on the timing of exposure and other factors.
How can a pregnant woman avoid chicken pox?
Once you have chickenpox, there’s no treatment that can prevent your baby getting chickenpox in the uterus. After the birth, your GP may consider treating your baby with chickenpox antibodies called varicella zoster immune globulin (VZIG) if: your baby’s born within 7 days of you developing a chickenpox rash.
What happens if my child gets chickenpox when I’m pregnant?
Chicken pox can potentially cause brain damage, failure of limb development, cataracts, other eye problems, skin scarring and growth retardation or even miscarriage or stillbirth in the baby. The overall risk to the foetus is less than one per cent in the first 12 weeks, up to two per cent between weeks 13-20.
Why is shingles bad for pregnancy?
If you have shingles during pregnancy it won’t harm your baby. Your immunity to chickenpox will help to protect your unborn baby. Shingles appears as a painful rash of tiny blisters, which can occur anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the chest or stomach.
What infections can harm my unborn baby?
Infections in pregnancy that may affect your baby
- Chickenpox in pregnancy.
- CMV in pregnancy.
- Group B streptococcus in pregnancy.
- Infections transmitted by animals.
- Hepatitis B.
- Herpes in pregnancy.
- HIV in pregnancy.
- Slapped cheek syndrome in pregnancy.
Can I get chicken pox twice?
Most people who have had chickenpox will be immune to the disease for the rest of their lives. However, the virus remains inactive in nerve tissue and may reactivate later in life causing shingles. Very rarely, a second case of chickenpox does happen.
How long does chickenpox itching last?
The itchy blister rash caused by chickenpox infection appears 10 to 21 days after exposure to the virus and usually lasts about five to 10 days.
How many days does it take to recover from chickenpox?
Some people may have only a few spots whereas others will have hundreds. Symptoms start appearing 10-21 days after exposure to the virus. Full recovery from chickenpox usually takes 7-10 days after the symptoms first appear.