I am very worried about being exposed to chicken pox. I am 17 weeks pregnant and about 5 days ago a lady came into work and spoke to me (face to face accross from my desk) for about 5 minutes before telling me that she is recovering from chicken pox. She first got the chciken pox 8 days before I saw her, and when I told her that I was pregnant she told me that all of her pox have scabbed over.
I went to my doctor who checked my previous bloods and told me that it showed I was immune and had anti-bodies to chicken pox. The doctor told me I should be fine seeing as her pox were scabbed, I have had chicken pox previously and my bloods showed that I was immune. I am still worried because all I can think about is this woman breathing on me for 5 minutes!! I know I am being paranoid, but I cant help it!! Do you think given my bloods showed I was immune I will be okay? Even if all her pox weren't scabbed over and there was a possibility she was still in the contagious faze?
you should be fine. i only had a mild case as a child, but my OB said that was enough to keep me safe during pregnancy. i worked in childcare at the time so i was concerned. if she was scabbed over, she wasn't contagious. chicken pox is contagious before they pox show up, and until they scab.
I know of many people who have gotten chicken pox twice- it is actually common. There wouldn't be signs of it on you yet, as there is a long incubation period. But, you are ok because your blood test shows you have the antibodies and therefore are immune.
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