Chickenpox During Week 13 of Pregnancy

QUESTION

I am pregrant and am infected with chicken pox during the last week of my first trimester (13th week). I consulted my gynecologist and she adviced some antibiotics (cefuroxime 500mg) for the first five days after starting the chicken pox.

Will this harm my baby? My friends say that this may affect the fetal organs (eye, skin). Can a 3D / 4D ultrasound scan detect a problem in this early stage of 13 weeks? If any problem how can we cure it?

Hoping for an reply from you.

ANSWER

The good news is that the most dangerous time to get chicken pox during pregnancy is 5 days prior to delivery up until 2 days after. That said, there are possible complications. Here is what the Centers for Disease Control says. Some of the possible complications can be seen on ultrasound.

This is a reminder that all women who plan or are at risk for pregnancy should be immunized against chicken pox at least 3 months prior to becoming pregnant. Hopefully, everything will work out okay for you.

Good luck!
~Cynthia

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.