Slapped Cheek Exposure during Pregnancy

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Experts: 

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.