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Will chickenpox damage my baby during pregnancy?

If you’re trying to conceive, or have just become pregnant, it’s very important to find out if you’ve already had chickenpox.

This is because chickenpox can be very dangerous to your developing baby, especially in the first trimester. If you get it while you’re pregnant, it can potentially result in miscarriage, stillbirth and birth defects such as deafness.

Ask your parents whether you had it as a child, or talk to your GP about being tested to see if you’re immune to the disease.

If you haven’t had chickenpox, it is possible to be vaccinated against the virus but you can’t do this while trying to get pregnant or if you are already pregnant.

Remember that the most contagious time is before the pox spots are visible. Adults with shingles can also infect a person who’s never had chickenpox.

If you are pregnant, and think you have been exposed to the virus, see your GP straight away.

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