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May 13th, 2013, 10:42 AM
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Anyone have experience with this during pregnancy? My bil called this morning to let me know that my niece was diagnosed with it (I babysit her and my nephew during the week). Her ped said that I should let my mw know immediately as it can cause serious risks to the fetus during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. I googled it (bad I know) and read some pretty scary things. It seems like the chances of contracting it and passing it to the baby are pretty low, but if that does happen it can result in miscarriage, several weeks to several MONTHS after exposure. And bil tells me his boss's wife had it while pregnant and was hospitalized so they could monitor the baby. I'm assuming everything is perfectly fine, but I'm freaking out just a little. Any help?

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May 13th, 2013, 10:45 AM
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I have not but thats scary. Call your doctor and let us know. Isnt that the thing where it looks like you were slapped?

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May 13th, 2013, 10:52 AM
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Yes, adults contract it as B-19? Or something like that.

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May 13th, 2013, 10:55 AM
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I haven't heard of it but that's kinda scary. Try not to think the worst and talk to your doc about it.

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May 13th, 2013, 11:26 AM
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Both my boys have had it, so I've been exposed to it. It went around my youngest son's daycare about a month ago (so I would have been around 10 weeks along) and he got it, but I was okay. I just figured I would call my OB if I felt any symptoms. I hope you don't get it--I have read some stuff about it, too.
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May 13th, 2013, 01:02 PM
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I worked in a preschool when I was pregnant with my son and a couple of the kids got it at school. I called my OB from the preschool that morning and she honestly told me to leave right then and stay away until it had cleared out. I want to say they also had me come in to give blood and make sure I hadn't contracted it. Just stay on top of it and don't be around them until they're all better and you'll be ok!

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May 13th, 2013, 01:56 PM
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That is a scary disease to be exposed to while pg! My cousins kids got it while she was pg and it was a huge deal. She didn't come down with the disease. Its like getting chicken pox while pg, but they don't test for immunity. I'd call your Dr immediately and not watch the children until they have been cleared by their Dr. You need to be very proactive! I don't want to scare you, but it is very serious! I hope you don't contract the disease. Its pretty rare for adults to get it from kids, but your immune system is lower while pg.
Laura, homeschooling mama to Christine 1-02, Nicole 5-03, Everett 4-09, Alister 9-10, Moira and Giselle born October 24, 2013!

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May 13th, 2013, 02:11 PM
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Most likely you yourself was already exposed to this disease as a child or adult. I have had 3 pregnancy's so far while my kids have had this. Dont freak out too much, chances are your fine!
momma of 8 beautiful children now. Most recent is Jerry Jr. born 11/19/12 at 37wk, 7lbs 6oz and 19.5inches and Baby Reymundo born 10/7/13 at 35w6d, 6lbs 7oz, 19.5 inches. Momma of 5 angels. New siggy to come!

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May 13th, 2013, 02:35 PM
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I was exposed during my last pregnancy and I called my OB. He did a blood test to check if i had the antibodies(meaning previously had it) or if I had it currently. They both were negative. But at least I had some peace of mind.


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May 13th, 2013, 06:28 PM
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I was exposed while pregnant with my second kiddo, but my dr said since I had it as a kid that I was okay.

Hopefully you were able to talk to your OB!
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May 13th, 2013, 06:49 PM
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My whole household contracted this a couple of years ago, (so neither hubby nor I had been exposed as children.) Also my SIL & BIL BOTH contracted it & both of their children. Most of our kids were all relatively mild cases, just had mild cold symptoms & the rash, except for the pre teen who was totally wiped out in bed. But dh & I both got really sick. I nearly had to call an ambulance for dh. Adults don't generally get the rash, but they get really bad flu symptoms & can get incredible muscle pain.

And I don't want to scare anyone, but it is a condition that can be devistating for pregnant women. About 2 weeks before I got sick, a friend of mine already had it, & she ended up loosing her baby at 12 weeks. They initially misdiagnosed her (both of her children had it too,) & by the time they realised that it was fifths it was too late. If they had known earlier there was things that they could have done to save baby.

If you come down with any kind of flu symptoms I would be getting tested immediately.

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May 13th, 2013, 07:55 PM
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I thought I posted earlier but it must not have gone through, that seems to be happening to me a lot lately, meow! But anyways I was going
To suggest a blood test. I thought there was one but couldn't remember 100%, but it seems as though there is one. Request it.

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