Chickenpox in pregnancy
Chickenpox is an infectious disease (called Varicella by health professionals) which is usually a mild illness of childhood.
Chickenpox is a more serious disease for adults than children, and can be especially serious for pregnant women because their hormone levels are altered and their immune system works differently.
Most women are immune to chickenpox because they have had it as children. If you've never had chickenpox, and you suspect you are infected or have been exposed, contact your midwife or GP as soon as possible. They can make arrangements for appropriate tests or treatment.
NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.