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
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.