Our expert says:
Chickenpox would not stop you from falling pregnant. Primary chicken pox infection in the first trimester of pregnancy, especially weeks 8 to 12, carries a 2.2% risk of congenital varicella syndrome, a syndrome of birth defects in the infant. The most common manifestation of congenital varicella syndrome is scarring of the skin. Other abnormalities that can occur include a smaller than normal head, eye problems, low birth weight, small limbs, and mental retardation. However, it is unlikely that this would occur in your case as the pregnancy, if you are pregnant, would be very early.
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