Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

13th week update

So we have a quick update on this week.

As Stephanie had no check up this week and she just stayed at home for chickenpox recovery, nothing special to be reported. But we took a picture tonight to record how her belly looks so far!

Thirteen weeks
Now we are moving into the second trimester.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pregnancy and chickenpox

This is not a medical advice. Following information is for your information only. Please get professional advice if you are in doubt.
  • What is chickenpox?
Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is an infectious disease. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spreads from person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing. 

  •  Is it dangerous to pregnant women and unborn?
Yes, it is. If a pregnant woman gets chickenpox while in the first or early second trimester of pregnancy, there is a small chance (0.4 – 2.0%) that the baby could be born with birth defects known as "congenital varicella syndrome." Babies born with congenital varicella syndrome may be of low birthweight and have scarring of the skin and problems with arms, legs, brain, and eyes. 
Newborns whose mothers develop chickenpox rash from 5 days before to 2 days after delivery are at risk for chickenpox shortly after birth, with the chance of death as high as 30%.

Unfortunately, my wife had no chickenpox history and had it in the first trimester. We went to see a doctor and she said the the same thing - chance to have problem is low and no one will know the outcome until give birth. From various sources, it is true because even detailed ultrasound cannot spot any abnormalities.

One common mistake among local mothers is that they mix up Rubella, also known as German measles (德國痲疹) and Varicella, also known as Chickenpox. Rubella is more dangerous to unborn. Fortunately, this will be checked at pre-marital check-up. But for chickenpox, as it is very common and most of the people got immune from it, it won't be checked unless you do your own blood test for it.

If you are unsure whether you are immune to it or not, have a check before planning to have babies and get vaccination if necessary.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

The third pregnancy check

We arranged this pregnancy check two weeks before. As I want to be a part of it, so we picked Saturday for the checking.

The pregnancy is getting complicated now as Stephanie got chickenpox this week. I will talk more about that in another post.

So we waited outside as chickenpox is highly contagious and we don't want to affect other people, especially other pregnant ladies. Today is a warm (finally) and sunny day, but I am a bit down. I feel worried about the chickenpox with our baby.
Patient wanted some fresh air, so sit by the road...
After nearly an hour wait, we finally could see the doctor and do the check. Today Stephanie went through OSCAR check, which is for checking Down's syndrome. I finally could see the baby's heart beating and it was beating fast!
I think those are fingers.

To be honest, I am not that excited today, I think the chickenpox shadow is hanging over me. Anyway, we went to have lunch afterwards, and we chose to sit outside to have some fresh air and didn't want other people affected.
For our baby, let it know how its mother looks like when bearing the baby.