Slapped Cheek Exposure during Pregnancy

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am a teacher and there is a child in my school who was diagnosed with Slapped Cheek (parvovirus).

How wary do I have to be if there are any cases near to me? How do I know if I am immune?

Also, if there are children in my class with it (or chicken pox etc) should I go home too to avoid infection completely?

Thanks!

Kat

ANSWER

Parvovirus can be a problem for the fetus at certain stages of the pregnancy, but every single woman I have tested has been immune. Almost anyone who is around kids much has had it and didn't know it.

You can request a blood test to be sure.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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.