Shingles During Pregnancy

Shingles During Pregnancy

Shingles During Pregnancy

Are shingles dangerous during pregnancy ?

It is true that most the infections are transmitted through the blood flow and this means that to a pregnant woman who is infected with shingles, that the virus can be transmitted to the fetus.

The risk of transmitting the virus to the fetus is rather small and it strictly depends on the pregnancy stage. It is known that is the virus appears before the 30th week of pregnancy the baby can be born with some birth defect. But the cases of this are rare. The best thing to do if you are pregnant and have shingles is go to the doctor and ask advice.

Treatment for shingles during pregnancy include

  1. Valacyclovir
  2. Acyclovir
  3. Famciclovir
  4. Antiviral drugs 

All these are very safe during pregnancy. As a conclusion developing shingles during pregnancy is very rare and in most of the cases it will not harm the baby but be sure to check with your doctor before taking any action and as soon as symptoms of shingles appear.