Health Tip: Chickenpox Can Be Dangerous During
(HealthDay News) -- Chickenpox is a viral disease that isn't
serious for most people. But it can be dangerous to a pregnant
woman, who is at risk for more complications than if she weren't
pregnant, and her fetus, who may be at greater risk of birth
The Nemours Foundation has more information about chicken pox
- If you're pregnant, it's important to avoid contact with anyone
who has chickenpox.
- An infant is at increased risk of complications if the mother
gets chickenpox just before or after delivering the baby.
- Having had chickenpox prior to pregnancy offers some protection
to the baby, since the mother's immunity is passed to the infant
via the placenta, and later, breast milk.
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