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Slapped cheek - third trimester

(11 Posts)
Whoknewitcouldbeso Wed 13-Jan-16 17:05:01

Could anyone advise whether slapped cheek is dangerous to me st the end of pregnancy? My sons pre school have a confirmed case of it. I'm 36 weeks and have no idea if I have immunity to it. I've left a message with the community midwives for advice but I've no idea how long it will take for someone to get back to me.

Solan Wed 13-Jan-16 17:17:34

I've just been sent home from my work at school because we have a case if it. I read up yesterday and it's only a problem in the first 20 weeks. Most people do have immunity to it anyway. I had a blood test to check my immunity but because if our location it will be days before results come back so I am staying home just in case x

Whoknewitcouldbeso Wed 13-Jan-16 17:20:57

I'm inclined to keep him off until
Monday just to be on the safe side but that's comforting to hear it's mainly a concern in the first 20 weeks.

3littlebadgers Wed 13-Jan-16 17:26:32

I'm 36 weeks too, last weekmy friend's little girl was diagnosed and my gp got me straight in for a blood test. The sample has to go off to microbiology so the results take a week, I should find out tomorrow or the day after. From what I understand, and I am no medical professional, pre 20 weeks is the most dangerous time, but throughout pregnancy it can cause it's issues, mainly by causing anaemia in the baby. I spoke my consultant on Tuesday and she said it can take 4-6 weeks for the anaemia to start causing issues by which chance hopefully our babies will be born. She said if I am not immune to it they will monitor the baby when he is born to see if there have been any effects. I hope that helps, good luck.

Whoknewitcouldbeso Wed 13-Jan-16 17:28:48

Thanks 3littlebadgers, I wonder if they would test me tomorrow when im in hospital?

3littlebadgers Wed 13-Jan-16 18:01:58

Yes my lovely I imagine they will. Mention it as soon as you are in and they'll take a sample. I think the problem is is slapped cheek is quite invisible for a few weeks before the rash develops. Hopefully you and baby will be ok x

Whoknewitcouldbeso Wed 13-Jan-16 18:03:36

Yep I'll do that. Thank you xx

ChicaMomma Thu 14-Jan-16 16:55:18

I have a toddler in a creche and i am NOT immune to slapped cheek (although i believe most people are), so the doc has always said that if DS is exposed to it, he should be taken out of the creche no matter what gestation i was, although did say that the risks dwindle as time goes on. Also 36 weeks!

Whoknewitcouldbeso Thu 14-Jan-16 17:03:05

Well I talked to both the midwives and consultant today and neither were the slightest bit concerned. Just for my peace of mind the midwife has asked for my booking in blood to be tested for immunity and I can phone for that result in the morning.

Clarella Thu 14-Jan-16 17:10:26

I had this through pregnancy working in an Sen school.

It's the first trimester that's the most risk up to around 22 weeks.

The incubation is about 21 days (I think - double check that) and as contagious as cpox. But some people don't show symptoms.

It would probably be pointless to keep him off as he might already be infected.

At your stage there shouldn't be a problem but there were very conflicting views - but if you caught it from him it would take 3 - 4 weeks to incubate if that makes sense?

There is guidance in the nice guidelines and advice on the government website that tracks diseases (can't remember!)

I think phone GP to discuss. You might even be immune anyway.

My issue was that I wasn't and was only 9 weeks. The test can take a couple of weeks though.

Clarella Thu 14-Jan-16 17:11:49

Sorry yes 20 weeks.

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