Childhood Diseases

Posted by: mom | 2012-01-24


second time pregnant and german measles

Hi Doc, I am 36 years old and 7 weeks pregant with my second baby. A very close friend of mine developed a rash the day after I saw her, and I saw her the day she had her rash. Her doctor said he thought it was an allergy to Feldene which she has been taking for 30yrs for arthritis. He said the rash looked like german measles though. The rash cleared after a day but she is feeling achy and sore despite, glands swollen and sore throat. She resumed taking the Feldene and no more rash. I am worried about the potential affects on my second baby. I have had German measles before (15 years ago) and my blood tests for my previous pregnancy 2 years ago, indicated I was immune. However I am still worried, are there different strains of the virus if she does have german measles? or can I be assured that I am immune and no harm will come to my baby?

Thanks very much and have a great day!

Expert's Reply



Thank you.This is an important question..You know that you are immune to German measles also known as Rubella.However, there is no doubt in my mind based on your excellent description that your friend has German measles. You are at a particularly vulnerable stage of your pregnancy for your baby.The good news is that your baby should be protected if you are definitely immune to German measles. You must mention that you have been exposed to German measles when you next see your gynae.It may be best to phone your gynae this week and inform him/her about this German measles contact.

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