DS's nursery informed me yesterday that there is an outbreak of Chicken Pox at the moment. Which means I have been exposed to it numerous times over the past 3 wks. I'm not convinced DS has had them as he only had 2 spots which didn't blister or scab over.
I have DEFINITELY had them, however I think I may have had them twice. I am currently 27wks pregnant and I'm an asthmatic..... it was a previous post of GeorginaA's that has got me thinking.
What's the likelihood that I'm not immune? And if I do contract it then what are the implications to the baby??
Toothache and McGarry - agree with Georgina, get yourself off to the docs to see if you are immune. I had them at 29 weeks. I was given an anti-body injection but you need this sooner rather than later as it works better earlier on. There is a risk if you have chickenpox at the time of delivery as baby can get a type of viral pneumonia. Try not too worry too much (yeah I know!). Hugs
McGarry - My GP has added in my notes that I've to get tested for the antibodies at my 28 Antenatal appointment this Wednesday. So hopefully that'll show I'm immune.
The problem is that there is nothing in my notes to say I've had Chicken Pox as my Mum never took me to the Doctors when I supposedly had it! A midwife I spoke to yesterday said that we often mistake other 'spot-producing' viral infections as Chicken Pox!
Toothache, I don't mean to worry you but really you should push get that antibody check NOW. If you don't have antibodies they can give you a VZIG injection to help but it's most effective within 96 hours of exposure and the latest they can give it to you is 10 days after exposure. Every day counts (especially if it takes them a while to assess the bloods). Can you not phone up and ask to be seen today?
GeorginaA - They said it's not too much of a problem if I catch it as I'm only 27wks pg. All right for him eh??? He wasn't going to test me at all, I had to ask if they would. Even the MW I spoke to wasn't too concerned.
I definitely wouldn't get an appointment today, my GP's is NIGHTMARE!
Unfortunately my brothers are 11 and 14 yrs younger than me and I moved out long before they had Chicken Pox, but I was quite often in my Mums and they came around to my flat whilst one of them was all spotty. So I've definitely been exposed to it before.
GP does suck... average 10 days for an appointment.