If you get chickenpox during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, your baby may have an increased risk for congenital varicella syndrome. This is a rare group of serious birth defects that can cause: Scars on the skin. Problems with the arms, legs, brain and eyes.
How does chickenpox affect a pregnant woman?
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.
Is it safe to be around someone with chickenpox while pregnant?
Avoid being around anyone who has or may have chicken pox. This includes anyone who’s not immune and has come in contact with an infected person in the past three weeks, and anyone with flu-like symptoms. People with chicken pox are very contagious before they develop the telltale rash.
What to do if your pregnant and your 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.
Can you leave the house with chicken pox?
If you have chickenpox, stay off work and at home until you’re no longer infectious, which is until the last blister has burst and crusted over. This usually happens five or six days after the rash begins. It is a good idea for anyone who has chickenpox to avoid contact with: pregnant women.
How long should you avoid someone with chickenpox?
A person with chickenpox is considered contagious beginning 1 to 2 days before rash onset until all the chickenpox lesions have crusted (scabbed). Vaccinated people who get chickenpox may develop lesions that do not crust. These people are considered contagious until no new lesions have appeared for 24 hours.
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.
Are you tested for chickenpox immunity when pregnant?
Your GP can do a blood test to check if you’re immune to the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus, or VZV). If you’re not, they may recommend an injection of varicella zoster immune globulin (VZIG). This can make the infection milder and not last as long.
How do I clean my house after chicken pox?
Use a household cleaner such as Lysol or Pine-Sol to wash any items that are soiled with fluid from chickenpox blisters. Bathe daily with a soothing, mild soap that contains ingredients such as chamomile, aloe vera, or lavender.
Is it better to get chicken pox as a baby?
True: Chicken pox (aka varicella) is generally thought of as a mild childhood illness. Its symptoms can include fever, aches and headache a couple of days before the outbreak of the well-known rash that causes itching and often blistering.