Hello, Hello... Just wondering how many people are aware of the dangers of parvovirus during pregnancy. I delivered my sweet baby @ 22 weeks, he had lost his heartbeat. Results showed parvovirus is to blame. I had all of the symptoms but no diagnoses. Anyone familiar with this? AKA "fifth disease" or "slapped Cheek" it is a known cause for fetal loss (once you start digging for info) but apparently is not common knowledge.
As a teacher, I'm fairly familiar with it. However, I'm not sure how well know it is outside of teaching circles or those who work with small children. Usually by the time you start showing symptoms, you already have it and unfortunatly, there's not much to be done.
I had my doctor check me when I was first pregnant and I'm immune to it. I believe the good news is that once you've had it or been exposed to it, you're immune. However, I'd ask your doctor to test you to make sure (if he/she hasn't already).
A few of my kids have had 5th disease while I was pregnant. The doctor always said it would have been highly unlikely that I hadn't already have it either in childhood or from one of my kids. 5th is a hard one cause you really don't know what it is until the rash is present, and by then they aren't contagious any more. I am sorry you had to deal with that. So unfortunate.
I am sorry for your loss. How long do people carry this disease before the rash shows up? I doubt its related in my case, but I lost my angel 9/7. About 2months later I came down with a rash. (the girl at work her son had parvo/ fifth disease and she said the rash was the same). Just wondering how long the incubation period is.
oh, i am sorry! i read that the rash is present about 14 days after you have contracted the virus. Parvo virus inhibits the growth of red blood cells. My baby was lost several weeks after the rash had cleared & i believe that it is easily detected in bloodwork. .