You asked: What happens if you get chickenpox while pregnant?

Having chickenpox during pregnancy can increase your risk of getting pneumonia and can even be life-threatening. Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be very serious. The symptoms of pneumonia include cough, chest pain when you breathe or cough, fever, fatigue (being very tired) and shortness of breath.

What happens if a pregnant woman catches chickenpox?

If you are pregnant and have chickenpox (varicella) — a highly contagious viral infection that causes an itchy, blister-like rash — you and your baby might face serious health risks. If you develop chickenpox during pregnancy, you are at risk of complications such as pneumonia.

Can chickenpox cause a miscarriage?

Chickenpox can be risky in pregnancy if the mother is unvaccinated and has not already had the disease. Most likely, it will not cause miscarriage, but it can cause birth defects and stillbirth, depending on the timing of exposure and other factors.

Can my child have chicken pox vaccine if I am pregnant?

Pregnant women who have received chickenpox vaccine

There is no specific safety concern, either for the mother or the baby, when chickenpox vaccine is given in, or shortly before, pregnancy and no cases of fetal varicella syndrome have been causally linked to chickenpox vaccine.

Is chickenpox harmful to babies?

Is chickenpox in babies dangerous? Chickenpox in newborns can cause serious complications – newborn babies have very weak immune systems, as they haven’t had time to develop, so chickenpox can be a very serious infection.

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What infections can harm my unborn baby?

Infections in pregnancy that may affect your baby

  • Chickenpox in pregnancy. …
  • CMV in pregnancy. …
  • Group B streptococcus in pregnancy. …
  • Infections transmitted by animals. …
  • Hepatitis B. …
  • Herpes in pregnancy. …
  • HIV in pregnancy. …
  • Slapped cheek syndrome in pregnancy.

Can I get chicken pox twice?

Most people who have had chickenpox will be immune to the disease for the rest of their lives. However, the virus remains inactive in nerve tissue and may reactivate later in life causing shingles. Very rarely, a second case of chickenpox does happen.