I'm not usually dramatic so I don't know why my heart is racing but I've just been on the phone to a relative who has advised they have shingles and I've definitely been exposed to them while they have been contagious.
I'm 30 weeks pregnant and never had chickenpox (my two sisters had them if that's relevant but I never got them despite being in close proximity)
I'm scared to google, I will of course make an appointment with the midwife- I have to anyway as she called today to say my b12 and folate are low.
Just wondering if a real person could offer any advice right now? I'm close to tears which I think is a bit of an over reaction but I really feel nervous
Could be you are naturally immune to CP if you've got to your age and never had it. NHS says whilst it is possible to get CP from a person with shingles it's actually very unlikely. Yes I would chat to MW too. If nothing else to put your mind at rest.
Give your midwife a call for reassurance, but I did a quick google and the NHS website said that the chances of catching the virus if you haven't had chickenpox are low - particularly if the rash was covered or not widespread.
I understand the main risk is if you were 28 weeks or less.
I'm sure there will be someone along with proper medical knowledge but do call your midwife- they'll be best placed to advise you.
Yes you would think I would have caught it by now- mid 30's. I've had lots of exposure I'm sure as I've been around a lot of young people with work.
I just wasn't sure about shingles if that's different? I started to google and say there's an injection you can get but my head started spinning. Honestly I think this heat is partly to blame I feel like I can't think straight. Looking forward to dh getting home from work. Thanks so much for replying
Basically you can't catch shingles from shingles but you can get chickenpox from shingles if you've never had it before. It's the same virus. If you've had lots of exposure to chickenpox and not had it perhaps you do have natural immunity!
Thanks that makes sense. I think I've always had a worry at the back of my mind that I've never had chickenpox and what that means in pregnancy. Risk of still birth was playing on my mind, I don't even know where I got that from, must have read it somewhere.
I was very calm and understanding on the phone to relative as I think they (wrongly) feel terrible, it was only after I hung up my adrenaline started going. Will try to push it out of my mind and speak to someone tomorrow.
My husband had never had chickenpox until our two little boys had it. Obviously extremely close proximity and long periods of time exposed to it. My sister had shingles round him and it never affected him. Speak to mw but try and not panic xx
My mother told me I had never had it and I had the antibodies test as was in contact with a boy with chickenpox and I had the antibodies so you could just ask your midwife to run an IgG antibodies test on your blood to reassure you.
Sorry forgot to update as I was talking about this on the hyperemesis thread.
Turns out I did not have natural immunity which I was really surprised at so the hospital called and I had to go for the varicella vaccine, which incidentally is one of the most painful jags I've ever had!
However, so glad that it's all sorted now. Just wanted to update in case it helps anyone.