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Forum Name: Viral Infections

Question: Shingles and pregancy

 oasisjennie - Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:36 pm

I had shingles 3-4 weeks ago. Only a small area on my cheek was affected. I didn't have a lot of pain and as soon as I started taking Valtrex the pain went away completely and the sore has since healed completely.
This weekend I am going to visit some relatives. My cousin is about 10 weeks pregnant and very concerned. She had complications in her previous pregnancy and lost both babies. Now she does not want me to stay at their house and she wants to keep her distance, since I have had shingles. I tried telling her that I am in no way contagious, and since she has had chicken pox, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. I don't have any more sores or symptoms; it's like if I had a cold 2 weeks ago, but now I am healthy, I am not contagious any longer. My question for you is there any risks involved here? For her or her unborn child? I would like a medical answer to pass onto her. :-)
Thank you.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:45 am

User avatar Hello,
You are correct that she does not have anything to worry about. She may have to hear this from her OB to feel confident. I work with pregnant women all the time and when it comes right down to it, they often don't believe me until their doctor confirms it.

Best wishes.


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