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#1 *~~Jess~~*

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

DD2 has just been diagnosed with slap cheek and I asked if it could be a problem for me as I am pregnant as she said it will be fine.

I googled for more info and discovered that it can be a bad thing for a pregnant woman as it can cause anemia in the baby and I already have antiE antibodies which can do the same.

Any advise on what I should do next?

Edited by *~~Jess~~*, 07 February 2013 - 07:13 PM.

#2 becstar101

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:23 PM

Contact your ob/midwife team ASAP for some more specific advice, but apparently most of the time everything is fine. I think people who deal with pregnancy all the time would be able to give you more reassurance and advice.

#3 againagain

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:26 PM

You need a blood test to check your immunity. If you are immune there is no problems, if you are not you need further care/monitoring.

My kids got it when I was pregnant last time too.

#4 ~~~

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:32 PM

Not to alarm you (I really don't know much about slap cheek) but I think an EBer lost their bubby to Parvovirus (the virus that causes slap cheek). So I would be checking with the drs about how serious it is and what to do etc.

#5 caroldiem

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:38 PM

Hi Jess,

My heart always skips a beat and then sinks when i see Slap Cheek in a title thread.

Unfortunately i did lose my baby because of slap cheek i actually caught it from my daughter when i was 5 weeks pregnant but at the time i had no idea she even had it, all she had was what seemed like a cold and some rosy cheeks. At 11 weeks pregnant the alarm bells rang at daycare and the director informed all pregnant mums about it, I panicked called my OB and he said to get a blood test done the problem was the blood test results weren't accurate they showed that i was immune to slap cheek but not infected that is because i was infected a whole 6 weeks ago so it seems like the timing of that blood test is important so my Ob said great your immune everything will be fine.

At 22 weeks my baby boy's heart stopped beating it took less then 2 weeks for us to receive the preliminary autopsy results they found the parvo virus in my sons liver my life changed forever.

Supposedly if you catch parvo very early in the pregnancy it can be deadly for the baby because there is no placenta to protect it my son didn't have a chance. But if you catch it after 20 weeks there is a good chance the baby won't be affected please take this seriously you have been exposed and you need to be very closely monitored i hope you have a positive outcome but i know i am not the only woman who has lost their unborn baby to this deadly virus

I wish you and your baby all the best


#6 caroldiem

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:40 PM

~~~ - yes that's me

#7 *~~Jess~~*

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:05 PM

Thanks caroldiem, I spoke to nurse on call and I have to get checked out ASAP because of my antibody issue. Just have to find a decent GP open at 8pm on a Friday night. I did ring the hospital but they wouldn't put me through to the birthing suite because its still early in the pregnancy.

#8 libbylu

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:11 PM

It is likely that you are already immune having been already exposed to the virus.
If you start to feel unwell or have viral symptoms you should get tested and treatment right away, as in 1/3 of cases the virus can be passed to the baby and can be fatal - not just anaemia.

#9 *~~Jess~~*

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:15 PM

libbylu I have never had it so don't know if I'm immune.

#10 caroldiem

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:37 PM

libbylu - There is no treatment for slap cheek it's a virus you just let it run it's course.

Jess - Chances are if u haven't had it before you probably aren't immune if you haven't experienced cold/flu like symptoms over teh last 6 weeks this is a very good signs means you don't have it when i had it i remember it was like a really bad flu it knocked me for 6 and i was in bed my whole body was aching especially my joints my hips and my knees

#11 *~~Jess~~*

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:40 PM

caroldiem DD didn't have flu symptoms just the rash.

#12 caroldiem

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:46 PM

Jess - yeah they say with the little ones sometimes you don't even know they have it until they get the rash

#13 Duck-o-lah

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:15 PM

I have been exposed twice at work so I've had a good chat to the docs about it. As I'm in the 3rd trimester the risks are very low, but I was told if I started to feel feverish, had any aches and pains or had any sign of a rash, to contact my caregivers immediately. Of course you may not get any symptoms at all which doesn't help.

Are you seeing an OB or hospital clinic for your antenatal care? Whoever is looking after you, I would let them know. Can you call the antenatal clinic at the hospital directly? Make sure you get your immunity tested and they will go from there based on your results. If you do contract it there are measures that can be taken to prevent foetal death, which is rare in any case (I know you're the exception to that rule Caroldiem sad.gif )

This is a pretty good link for some basic info. Parvo virus info

Keep us posted and good luck.

#14 caroldiem

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:10 AM

Good news is  duck-o-lah is right it's not common at all and most woman who get exposed or even get it their babies are perfectly fine but the stats say if u catch it very very early in your pregnancy like i did at 5 weeks then your baby only has a 2% survival rate and considering your 17 weeks along already things should be fine but it's always good to get checked out

duck-o-lah - I wish you all the best for your upcoming birth original.gif

Edited by caroldiem, 02 February 2013 - 04:14 AM.

#15 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:14 AM

Caroldiem - I am so sorry to hear you lost a baby due to parvovirus. Thank you for sharing your story so people know how serious parvovirus can be in pregnancy.

OP - I was contacted by my SIL when I was 20 weeks to let me know her DD had come down with it and we had recent contact with them at a birthday party. (It was going around their group of friends but I wasn't told this until afterwards!).

I'm doing shared care & contacted a midwife at the BC who took it very seriously and said I needed a blood test ASAP. My GP gave me an appt that afternoon, took the blood sample herself, sent it to pathology then I waited for results.

There are two things they check for - IgM, evidence of recent exposure, and IgG evidence of past exposure which most often means immunity. DH was also tested in case I didn't have it but he did then he could give it to me.

Results were that I had past exposure. This was a relief & a surprise as I never knew that I'd had it as a child. Unfortunately my mum died 7 years ago so I wasn't able to ask her and my dad would have no idea!

My result regarding recent exposure however was 'equivocal', which meant it could not be confirmed or denied at that point and I had to have repeat testing. My GP said the test is not perfect and can pick up on other viruses. (I had been unwell with cold symptoms.)  Repeat testing showed no recent exposure, which was a relief.

My SIL ended up getting parvovirus (didn't tell me though!) and so did her 10 month old baby. So it can be quite contagious in households and is definitely something to take seriously. My SIL was a bit blasé about it and I'm sure she thought I was over-reacting about getting tested and retested. She had no idea about the seriousness of it and thought I could just get some antibiotics and that would be it.

As mentioned before, if there is past exposure, careful monitoring would be required, including ultrasounds and if required blood transfusions in utero. There is decreased risk apparently after 20 weeks. Like you, I had not yet reached that point at time of exposure.

I hope it all turns out okay for you. Odds are you will be fine but important to get tested. I'm really surprised that you were told you were fine initially by someone without any testing.  Was this a health provider?

Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 02 February 2013 - 06:17 AM.

#16 lozoodle

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:14 PM

I was exposed this pregnancy, though i was further along at 24 weeks. My dr ordered bloods in which they tested for immunity (ie previous infection) and also current infection.

I tested positive for previous exposure and am therefore immune, and negative to a current infection.

The peace of mind was totally worth it.

#17 Ruba-dub-bub

Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:46 PM

I am not immune to parvovirus and have been told by both my doctor and my midwife that I should notify childcare (my DD almost 2 is in daycare 4 days a week) so that they can inform me straight away as soon as they receive notification that a child in the centre has it.  If I do find out that one of the kids has it, I need to be very careful and if I suspect I've come in contact with the virus, i need to see my midwife or doctor straight away...Obviously, as others have said. The further along you are, the better the situation is likely to be if you have been infected.
Best of luck, hope you have immunity and it's nothing to worry about!

#18 *~~Jess~~*

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

Went back to the GP today after noticing my cheeks looked blotchy and I have parvovirus.

I really don't know how much more I can take, my nan who I was very closed to passed away suddenly on Tuesday and now this.

Am waiting on a call from the hospital as to what we do next.

#19 Cath42

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:19 PM

QUOTE (*~~Jess~~* @ 07/02/2013, 08:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Went back to the GP today after noticing my cheeks looked blotchy and I have parvovirus.

I really don't know how much more I can take, my nan who I was very closed to passed away suddenly on Tuesday and now this.

Am waiting on a call from the hospital as to what we do next.

Your baby will most likely be fine. But feel free to PM me if you're worried - I have some experience of this and of the complications that can arise - my baby survived and is fine now.

#20 Rolex

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:38 PM

Oh Jess sad.gif  I'm not sure if I just missed the update in our DIG or if you haven't posted, but I didn't realise your Nan had lost her fight sad.gif  I am so very sorry for your loss sweetie xoxoxo

#21 Duck-o-lah

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:34 PM

Oh you poor thing sad.gif I'm so sorry for the loss of your nan bbighug.gif

At the very least you know and action can be taken to look after your growing bub, all the best and look after yourself.

#22 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:10 AM

OP - I'm so sorry to hear that your nan passed away & that you found out you have parvovirus. That is a lot to cope with at once when you're pregnant.

#23 Ruba-dub-bub

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:46 AM

I am so so sorry that you are going through all of this...I can only imagine how hard it must be for you.  I'm glad to hear that the doctor and hospital will follow you closely and take action quickly.  

Please listen to your body...

Keep us updated. I wish you the very best and will be thinking of you often.

#24 *~~Jess~~*

Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:49 AM

Thank you for all your kind words, it's exactly what I need right now.

Am having a bad day, today is a week since she was found unconscious and today when I call ed to check on pa he was in a snappy mood. I know I shouldn't take it to heart and that it's the dementia taking and the fact that he hasn't had a smoke all morning but all I want to do is cry.

#25 pinkcharlibelle

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:08 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss

I was exposed to parvovirus and I have had to have regular bloods taken (4 in total I think) as I am not immune.  It can take 4 weeks before it hits your system. I think I was around 17/18 weeks when I was exposed and I am now over 29 and all bloods have been negative thankfully

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