Chickenpox and Pregnancy

Chickenpox can be a serious concern for pregnant women, especially if they have not been infected with the virus before.

Chickenpox During Pregnancy: Risks, Prevention

Risks to the Baby

  • If Chickenpox develops during first 20 weeks of pregnancy, the baby faces a slight risk of serious birth defects known as congenital varicella syndrome, which may cause skin scarring and eye, brain, limb, and gastrointestinal abnormalities.

Risks to the Mother

  • Chickenpox can also cause complications in pregnant women, including pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation).


  • The best way to prevent Chickenpox during pregnancy is to ensure that women are vaccinated before pregnancy.


  • Pregnant women with Chickenpox must discuss their concerns with their healthcare provider.