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My wife on her 31w+3d pregnancy. She has been diagnosted as Varicella infected. We were told that it does not put in danger neither her nor the baby. Since the diagnosis, the baby become more active than before. We have few quetions: 1. Is it correct that there is no harm to the baby? If it is not - what the harm can be? 2. Do the increased movements of the baby mean something? 3. Does the baby actually has the Varicella or just my wife? Those are the quetions the doctor we spoke with didn't have a passion to answer, so please answer us - we are trully worried. Thanks!
AG 
Answer:
Commenting on the management of varicella in pregnancy really does require more information on the timing of the illness and the likelihood of the diagnosis. Any risk is entirely dependent on when in the pregnancy there was (possible) infection. If your wife's doctor is not willing to review this situation with you, then either try and schedule a longer appointment when the doctor is not under pressure of time from other patients, or if this was not the problem, you may wish to consult another doctor or one of our clinic doctors. (BTW it does not seem likely that the increased movements are relevant - babies are often more active later in pregnancy). The best source of public domain information on varicella in pregnancy (that one of our patients directed us to) is at http://www.niv.ac.za/virussa/virusa/vsa73_1.htm. However, much of the information at this site is technical and detailed and you would be best advised to review it with your physician before drawing any conclusions - we've mentioned it as it is a resource you can show to your doctor. Disclaimer: These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.
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