How Is Chickenpox Treated During Pregnancy? – Dr Archana Dubey

On April 25, 2019 | All

A highly contagious viral infection caused by Varicella-zoste r virus, chickenpox can cause complications when a woman is pregnant. This viral infection can affect both the mother as well as her baby which is why getting immediate medical attention is very important in such cases. What treatment is administered depends on the symptoms as well as the stage of the pregnancy. Chicken pox vaccination cannot be given during pregnancy

What to do in case of chickenpox during pregnancy?

Your doctor will recommend that:

  • Your drink plenty of water to help cope with symptoms
  • For the fever and pain, paracetamol may be prescribed
  • Doctors may give the mother a dose of antiviral medication within 24 hours of the first rash appearance. This medication is not a cure but helps in preventing complications and reduces the severity of the symptoms. This medication is usually prescribed for women who are more than 20 weeks into their pregnancy, but in some cases, they may be given to women less than 20 weeks pregnant as well.

In case of:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Chest pain
  • Breathing problems
  • Severe rashes
  • bleeding rashes

Consult your doctor immediately. You may get admitted as well as these are signs of complications that need medical attention.

Is my baby at risk of developing chickenpox?

There’s no treatment that can be given to prevent your baby from getting chickenpox in the uterus. However, in some cases, the doctor may consider treating the baby after it has been delivered with the help of chickenpox antibodies . This treatment is given in cases where:

  • The baby is born within 7 days of the mother developing chickenpox
  • The mother develops chickenpox within 7 days of delivering her baby
  • Or if the baby has been exposed to the chickenpox virus before it has been immunized.

The key to ensuring both the mother as well as the baby are safe and healthy is immediate medical attention from qualified doctors and well equipped hospitals.