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Got BFP on Sunday found out DS2 has slapped cheek on Monday

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cakeandcustard Tue 30-Apr-13 11:07:43

Has anyone had experience with slapped cheek in pregnancy - I'm only 4+2 weeks, its not really sunk in yet and I'm already looking at complications. I've had a blood test at the GPs today to check my immunity, there's really nothing else I can do about it is there?

How much of an increased risk of mc does it carry and does this last for the whole pregnancy or is there a point where I'll be 'out of the woods'?

LandsN Tue 30-Apr-13 16:58:42

I had the same there re children in my dcs school with it I asked my gp and he said if you are immune which most people are by the time you come to have children you will be fine but if you do get it they will do extra scans to keep check on baby

Petcat Wed 01-May-13 14:36:32

Sorry you are having to endure this stress when you should be celebrating your happy news.

I had a slapped cheek scare when I was 18 weeks pregnant - 3 members of my family had the virus and my initial blood tests showed I was not immune. I then had to wait for further blood tests to show whether or not I had contracted it and passed it on to the baby. Fortunately I managed to avoid contacting it, despite prolonged close contact with infectious people.

It was a horrible scary time and I read far too much about the possible consequences of catching it in pregnancy, but the actual risks are fairly small. Around 50% of people are already immune, and even if you're not you may not catch it as it's not as contagious as measles or chickenpox, for example. Even if the worst happens and you do catch it, the majority of babies are unaffected. Hydrops only happens in a small minority of cases and you will be very closely monitored and treated if need be.

Although there's a small risk at any stage, the most dangerous time to catch it is between 9 and 20 weeks, so you do fall outside that window. Your baby won't even be attached via the placenta yet, so should be safe living in their little bubble. Parvovirus does have quite a long incubation period, so you might not get symptoms until 3 weeks after exposure. It's usually a mild illness in both children and adults, and you might not even get a rash.

I hope your bloods come back showing you're immune, I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

cakeandcustard Wed 01-May-13 14:59:15

Thank you for the replies, am going out of my mind with worry. My mum thinks she remembers me having a 'mild dose of the measles' when I was little which she thought was weird as I'd had the vaccination - that could have been slapped cheek maybe? Have everything crossed for the blood test results but a week is a long time to wait sad

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