I've just found out that the little girl who I spent the afternoon with has just come out with chicken pox. I'm 31 weeks pregnant and another pregnant friend was with us who is just 4 months pregnant.
I'm pretty sure that it's only potentially dangerous at the very beginning of the pregnancy.
Can anyone confirm this please?
Thanks in advance.
thanks all. It seems that my friend who is 4 months is slightly at risk but I should be okay as I'm over 7 months. Although i never had it as a child apparently.
I think we'll both call our doctors/midwives tomorrow to make sure.
We'd have to be very unlucky to have caught it today as we were only together for a few hours and I dont think either of us touched the little girl in question (although my 3 year old DS did have a big farewell snog with her!!!)
mckenzie - if you haven't had it as a child, get in contact with your GP first thing tomorrow morning - you will have a blood test taken to check your antibody levels - most people are immune even if they don't realise they had it as a child.
However, if you aren't, you can be given an injection (blood antibody product thing) to prevent you getting it or minimize the infection. THIS IS FAIRLY TIME CRITICAL (within 3 days of exposure I think from memory) - SO DO PUSH FOR THIS!
As others have said the risk is small for the baby at your stage of pregnancy, but getting chickenpox as an adult isn't pleasant and as a pregnant woman can be even worse. Worth seeing the GP for
Quite a worry for you. My niece came out in chicken pox whilst I was 4 months with my dd and when I contacted my GP - she said that even though I had not had it as a child that it is only dangerous in early stages up to 4 months. Also, from reading my medical book, it is most contagious 2 weeks before spots appear. Still check with your GP. I am sure you will be fine and at least have your mind put at rest.