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3 days overdue and ds has just came out in chicken pox

(13 Posts)
mayaknew Fri 05-Feb-16 15:03:50

Great timing sad if the baby is born in the next few days poor ds will need to be kept awaysad

Kenworthington Fri 05-Feb-16 15:14:44

Agh no! This is EXACtLY what happened to me. I did end up staying overnight in hospital a couple extra days til all the spots on ds2 had crusted over and no longer infectious. Ds1 and ds2 got it one after the other when I was 40+3! Dd was induced at 42. Just to be sure tgough- you've def had chicken pox right??

HaveIGotAClue Fri 05-Feb-16 15:23:52

Here's some info from NHS choices

Chickenpox during pregnancy can cause complications, both for the pregnant woman and the unborn baby. However, the actual risk of any complications occurring is low.

It’s rare to get chickenpox when you’re pregnant. In the UK, it’s estimated that just 3 in every 1,000 women (0.3%) catch chickenpox during pregnancy.

Most pregnant women who get chickenpox recover, with no adverse effects on the baby.
When to get medical advice

Seek advice from your GP or midwife immediately if you’re pregnant and:

you think you may have chickenpox
either you've never had chickenpox or you’re not sure, and you've been near someone that has it (even if you have no rash or other symptoms)
you get chickenpox within seven days of giving birth

Complications for pregnant women

You have a higher risk of complications from chickenpox if you’re pregnant and:

have a lung condition, such as bronchitis or emphysema
are taking or have taken steroids during the previous three months
are more than 20 weeks pregnant

Up to 1 in 10 pregnant women with chickenpox can develop pneumonia (inflammation of the lungs). Other rare complications include inflammation of other parts of the body, such as the:

brain (encephalitis)
liver (hepatitis)

Complications that arise from catching chickenpox during pregnancy can be fatal. However, with antiviral therapy and improved intensive care, this is very rare.
Complications for the unborn baby

Complications that can affect the unborn baby vary, depending on how many weeks pregnant you are when you catch chickenpox.

There’s no evidence that catching chickenpox up to 28 weeks into pregnancy increases your risk of suffering a miscarriage. However, there’s a small risk that the baby can develop foetal varicella syndrome (FVS). FVS can damage the baby’s skin, eyes, legs, arms, brain, bladder or bowel.

If you catch chickenpox between weeks 28 and 36 of pregnancy, the virus stays in the baby's body but doesn't cause any symptoms. However, it may become active again in the first few years of the baby’s life, causing shingles.

If you catch chickenpox after 36 weeks, the baby may be infected and could be born with chickenpox.
Complications for the newborn baby

The baby may develop severe chickenpox and will need treatment if you catch it:

around the time of birth and the baby is born within seven days of your rash developing
up to seven days after giving birth

For more information about treatment, see How is chickenpox treated during pregnancy?

Read more information about the complications of chickenpox during pregnancy and questions about pregnancy.

mayaknew Fri 05-Feb-16 16:30:27

Just gave midwife a phone she said I don't need to do anything but if baby is born over the weekend that ds will need to be kept separated. I'm booked in for a sweep on Monday so hopefully I'll hold off til then and by then ds will no longer be contagious. Hopefully she says confused

cudbywestrangers Fri 05-Feb-16 16:39:00

I'm 39+6 and in the same boat! Also hoping the baby will stay put until the infectious stage is over...

insan1tyscartching Fri 05-Feb-16 16:40:33

Dd was 9 days late ds1 had just got over chicken pox, ds2 had just started with them and dh got them terribly the day she was born. Dd stated with them at fourteen days old only mildly because they said she was protected by my immunity,she still has the scar from the first spot that appeared.

mayaknew Fri 05-Feb-16 21:04:07

So how long until ds is no longer infectious? His spots started coming out this afternoon. He'll. Probably wake up with more tomorrow.

I'm absolutely gutted that he might need to stay away sad I know my parents will take him no bother but I don't want him to not be able to see his baby sister. He's only 3 he won't understand sad

cudbywestrangers Fri 05-Feb-16 21:18:51

I think once all spots have crusted, which is a couple of days after they stop appearing... sure i read somewhere it's usually 5-7 days off school/ nursery. fingers crossed it passes quickly and fairly painlessly!

mayaknew Fri 05-Feb-16 21:34:56

Just checked the NHS website and it says the spots crust over 5 to 6 days after they come out.

There's no way this baby won't be born in the next 5 days sad

I'm booked in for a membrane sweep on Monday if this spots still haven't crusted over by then I think I'll ask them not to do it.

DorothyBastard Fri 05-Feb-16 21:45:22

This happened to me. Have you had CP yourself, and are you planning to breastfeed? My midwife told me that as long as I was exclusively bfing on demand my baby would be protected by my immunity passing through my milk. DD met DS when she was at the tail end of being infectious and he didn't catch it. Might be worth asking your midwife about?

FatimaLovesBread Fri 05-Feb-16 21:50:51

DD had chicken pox a couple of weeks ago and her spots seemed to take ages to come out and crust. First spots on the Sunday and It was the following Sunday before they were mostly scabbed.

I was advised to keep her cool as more spots come out when they're warm. But then she seem to have spots appearing for days. I wonder whether I'd kept her a bit warmer they'd have come out a bit quicker?

Maybe give him a warm bath and see if you can get more to come out?

HaveIGotAClue Fri 05-Feb-16 22:25:54

how is chickenpox transmitted? Is it through contact?

mayaknew Fri 05-Feb-16 22:42:37

Yeah and not just bodily contact it can be transmitted through objects.

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