If you've never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, the time to think about this is BEFORE you conceive. If...
If you've never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, the time to think about this is BEFORE you conceive. If you contract chickenpox during your pregnancy it can be very dangerous for your baby. If you contract it late in pregnancy, your baby may be born with chickenpox, which can be serious if you don't know your baby has it, and it goes untreated. There have been cases where a mother contracts the chickenpox virus (varicella) in early pregnancy and it's resulted in various baby birth defects. Either way, chickenpox is no fun, not for you, or your baby. Because the chickenpox vaccine is not approved for use during pregnancy, you need to talk to your health care provider now, if you ever plan on getting pregnant. A simple blood test can show if you've ever had the virus (some of us don't remember childhood illnesses) and if you need to, you can get the vaccine. This is a simple step you can take to help insure a healthier pregnancy and baby.

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