Whether To Get Vaccine For Chicken Pox

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JuliaB - June 11

I have had 2 u/s one week apart, both showing 2 empty sacs. I am expecting to mc soon (I would prefer to mc then D&C, but still waiting...) I guess I am hoping things will work out. When I called my OB to discuss my options with her, I asked for my prenatal test results - which they only said were "fine." I pushed and asked specifically about chicken pox - which I had no memeory of having as a kid. I discovered that I was NOT immune to Chicken Pox. Whatever the outcome of this pregancy, I will be getting my Chicken Pox vaccine before I try again. The bad news is I have to wait 6 Months after the vaccine to try again or there could be a problem. I suppose this discovery could be looked at as good news, except I really really do not want to wait that long. :) Does anyone know what the chicken pox risks are, or the vaccine risks? I am probably just looking for an excuse not to take it, so we can try again sooner. I am 36, so I feel like time is of the essence, although it only took three months of trying to get us this far... Thanks!

 

ErinJ - June 12

I understand your anxiety given your age to get going, as I am 38 and currently 30 weeks pregnant. I found out at the beginning of the pregnancy that I had no antibodies to varicella (chicken pox). Now, as fate would have it, my children's school has had a huge chicken pox outbreak and I am virtually quarantined. Chicken pox in pregnant women can sometimes turn into varicella pneumonia which can be fatal. If the mother has chicken pox during delivery, it can be fatal to the baby. And of course, if you get it in the first half of pregnancy, there is a 2% chance of the baby having congenital varicella syndrome. I am having a miserable pregnancy wondering if I am going to come down with chicken pox any day despite my efforts to keep a low profile. If I had to do it again and I knew how risky chicken pox could be, I'd get the vaccine in a heartbeat.

 

ErinJ - June 12

Also, many women have accidently been vaccinated during pregnancy, and there has NEVER been a case of congenital varicella syndrome a__sociated with the vaccine(as opposed to the wild type virus). I wish they would vaccinate me now, as I am far enough along that it shouldn't matter, but they refuse.

 

JuliaB - June 12

ErinJ, Congratulations on your pregnancy! Thank you for your thoughts. I am so sorry you are having such a nerve-wracking time. Since you have other children, is this a new test? I don't have any children, so I don't expect to have the same concern, but I imagine I would feel better knowing I was protected at least from that. This is my 1st pregnancy and my 1st (and hopefully last) mc, so I am conflicted with wanted to try again asap and wanting to be careful. Your story has given me much to think about. Good luck and hang in there!

 

ErinJ - June 13

I really do know how you feel about not wanting to wait - I had 2 mc's and an ectopic last year before this pregnancy. All I wanted was to get pregant again... If you are not around children, your risk of chicken pox is very low, but it is very, very serious in pregnant woman, not just in the first trimester. I had absolutely no idea! I have been told you only need to wait one month after the vaccine (second dose) to try to conceive.

 

ErinJ - June 13

My first pregnancy was in Europe 9 years ago, and no one even mentioned chicken pox to me, so I was clueless.... They started giving the vaccine routinely to kids in the late 90's. My daughter and step-children were vaccinated as toddlers, around 2000. My former ob/gyn I think knew I never had chicken pox (that I was aware of) and he never offered me the vaccine, even though I had three pregnancy losses with him managing my care. It makes me a little angry, to tell you the truth.

 

JuliaB - June 14

ErinJ - Thank you. I saw my Dr. this morning, and she said I need to get the 1st, then 4-8 weeks later (as if I would wait more than 4!) I get the 2nd. She said the Dr.'s guide said wait 3 months, but she stated that seemed a little long. However, I can get the 1st one now, while waiting for mc, and get a jump of the wait. Thank you for alerting me to the fact it may not be 6 months. On a side note, she also surprised me by pushing the natural mc b/c my pregnancy only progressed 5 weeks, and sorta discouraging the D&C, which was my inclination, too. Thanks again - I feel better today than I have in a while.

 

JuliaB - June 14

Oh, and one more thing - the nurse in my Dr.'s office just said the tests were fine - I had to specifically ask about the pox, b/c I had no memory of having them as a kid. Why test for it, if they are not going to really acknowledge it?

 

JuliaB - June 24

Hi - I was very frustrated on my last post, but things are improving. After my family Dr. said go see a pediatrition for my shot, and my pediatrition, who still practices locally, said he feels uncomfortable treating adults, I finally found a new family Dr., and got my 1st shot! One down... In any case, I am still waiting to mc, so I am glad at least one thing is resolved, and now I can actually think about trying again. ****THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR HELP***

 

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