I am 25 weeks and work as an educational assistant in a school. I just found out that we have chicken pox in one class...but if found in one we all know it will travel.
I had it when I was 5 and have been exposed to it frequently over the years and never got it again.
Do I need to be concerned for my baby? Does anyone know?
FYI - The call came in yesterday regarding this student and I haven't been in the building since Friday.
Definitely something to call your Dr. about! I'm pretty sure that if you have had it and are immune to it now that there is no pending threat to your baby but I'm not a Doctor. It's worth the call before you step foot in there again. My ds (19 months old) just had his chicken pox vaccination a few weeks ago and I feel much better about taking him out in public now. I had is soooooo bad when I was 2 and 1/2. I actually remember being covered in that horrible pink, stinky calamine lotion and being told not to scratch or it will cause scars. I don't want my son to go through that!
Like I said, call the Doc, they know best!
I know that you are supposed to stay away from people that are broken out with the shingles which is the same virus as the chicken pox just in a different form but I'm not sure whether or not you already having them makes a difference. I would assume that your safe but I'd definitely call the doctor! Please let us know what they say! I'm a teacher and that would be wonderful information to know.
Also about the vaccine...it doesn't always work. We had a few students early in the school year that have had the vaccine and still broke out with the chicken pox!
My kids were exposed many times where we lived when they were small and yet 5 weeks after we moved about 300 miles away, they both caught it and broke out within 24 hours of each other. Incuabtion time from exposure to break out is usually 21 days. My conclusion is there are some regional differences in germs. Interesting, huh?
I'd suggest you call your doctor before being in a school with chicken pox just to be on the safe side.
I called my midwife yesterday and all is well. As long as you have had it and then been re-exposed to ensure you have the antibodies you are fine. There is no harm to the baby as you pass your immunity on to him/her while they are in the womb.
Thanks for all the input!!!
I am a preschool teacher and we just found out today a kid has chicken pox. I had it when I was 7 and I am sure I have been exposed to it since. my assistant said I should call the doctor anyway so I guess I will tomorrow. I never thought the baby could be exposed on its own?
I actually had this scare at 19 weeks. My 4-year-old step daughter contracted them while visiting my niece's school. My mother was the one who actually found the first few bumps. She had been watching my step daughter while my husband and I were working so she just kept her at her house for a couple of days. I was worried but I also knew that I had them when I was younger, although I had a very mild case (only about 3 total), so my doctor wanted me to get tested to see if I was immune because I had such a very light case of them when I was younger. The tests came back that I was indeed immune and that I had not even been exposed. So, while I know you are worried you are most likely immune but I would follow up on it just to be sure.