So my due date was yesterday and this morning when getting DD1 ready for nursery I noticed a little blistery spot on her neck. A quick pootle online and it looks very like a chickenpox spot even tho no other symptoms. Rang nursery & met manager outside as only across road & she confirmed was chickenpox as has seen many many cases over the years. A hour later and more spots have now developed.
I have had it so baby is safe inside. So legs crossed for next 4/5 days as if he came now, he would then be at risk, DD couldnt visit the hospital and nana (childcare cover) also at risk as low immune system. AARRRGGHH!!! also my first day ML with her in nursery & no appointments. was looking forward to reading book in garden and maybe watching some tennis. GGGRRR!!!
My DS1 had chicken pox at 12 weeks and a friends son had it at 7 days. My friends son went on to have it again at the age of 4 because having it so young meant his own immune system hadn't got going (so technical!) Both boys recovered quickly.
I'd speak to your midwife because I thought the risk was during delivery as opposed to being at risk of catching the disease after birth. ie similar risk to gential herpes.
NHS Direct said baby could be at risk once born even tho I have had it. My friend's DD got it at 4 months.
DP has good paternity leave (3 weeks total - 2 weeks solid then another split or consecutive) & really quite understanding office. Have said he can come home early today to help me, possibly from lunchtime which I feel bit guilty about as DD chirpy as ever at moment.
However DP would like to be there for the birth & I would rather like him there too so that is the problem area re childcare.
DD is 2.5. She seems fine at the moment. Did wake in night with itchy eyes & needing drink. Eating fine. No fever.
DP is going to do ring round to create contingency plan as I have no family round here. If it happens over the weekend, there are friends we can call on but it's finding someone who DD knows well enough that can get out of work to look after her should it happen in office hours. Also last time contractions started friday night, was kept in hospital from sunday night, DD born early hours wednesday.
I had this happen to me (DD2 had chicken pox 2wks before due date, then DD1 came down with it the day I gave birth), only I hadn;t had chicken pox, so the midwives had to give me a vaccine before I gave birth to try and prevent complications.
sadly tho, DD3 was born with it, and we have had issues since, BUT, like I say, this was mainly down to me never having had it, so was unable to pass on immunity.
HAD I had it tho, I don;t think the worry would have been so great, as the MW said that normally enough immunity is passed on the help baby fight it.
good luck...tis rotten timing having to nurse a poorly child and be heavily pregnant.
Oh no, bad timing! My 4 yr old had chicken pox when I was 37 weeks and my 2yr old came out in it last week, 2 days before my c/section with baby #6. So of course, he couldn't visit in the hospital....I was told several times by several different midwives and doctors that it would be very unlikely for my baby to catch chicken pox as I'd had it and I am breastfeeding. I suppose we'll know in a week or two as baby is only 8 days old right now.....