Reasons for Chicken Pox Effects More Dangerous when Pregnant
One risk of chickenpox complications in pregnant women is pneumonia, which is pneumonia. In addition, other complications that can occur are encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and hepatitis (inflammation of the liver).
Factors that can increase the risk of chickenpox complications in pregnant women are bad smoking habits, have a history of lung disease, take steroids, and contain more than 20 weeks.
Baby in the womb
If chickenpox infection occurs in the first half of pregnancy, there is a risk of congenital varicella syndrome. This syndrome can cause congenital abnormalities in the form of scars, muscle and bone abnormalities, paralysis, head size, head blindness, blindness, or mental retardation. However, until now it has not been proven that chicken pox can increase the risk of miscarriage.
For chicken pox that occurs at 28-36 weeks' gestation, the virus will enter the baby's body with the possibility of not causing any symptoms. The risk of the virus becoming active again and triggering chickenpox (shingles) can occur in the first few years of the baby's life.
Specifically regarding chickenpox that occurs after 36 weeks gestation will increase the likelihood of babies infected and born with chickenpox.
Not only in the period in the womb, chickenpox can also attack the baby after childbirth. Chickenpox that occurs a few days before giving birth up to a maximum of two days after giving birth can cause newborns to be attacked by chickenpox which can be life-threatening, called neonatal varicella.
When pregnant women develop chickenpox and are not treated, then the chance of babies having chicken pox during those times reaches 50 percent. Chickenpox symptoms will appear at the age of the baby about 5-10 days after birth. If not handled properly, chicken pox in newborns can cause death.