Rubella Antibodies in Pregnancy

Rubella Antibodies in Pregnancy

What was previously known as German measles is now known as Rubella. In general, this disease is pretty mild and can be seen in both children and adults. However, if it attacks the unborn child, it can lead to a number of dangerous health problems. This is the reason why you should be sure that you are immune to the virus before getting pregnant. Get a check up and if you don’t have the antibodies that are required against rubella, you should be sure to get vaccinated. This should be done at a minimum of three months before pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is rubella?

This is a viral illness. It causes a number of symptoms that are actually nonspecific. In some cases the patient does not even realize that he or she has been infected because the symptoms are just so mild. If there are any symptoms, you will see them after at least twelve days of infection.

You will experience fever, headache, joint pain, malaise, swelling of the lymph nodes and swelling of the joints along with runny nose and red eyes. Once you see the symptoms, you can expect a rash after two to five days. Rashes begin to appear on the face first.

After that they start spreading down the neck and throughout the body. The rashes will, however, disappear after a few days. The disease is transmissible only a week before and a week after the formation of the rash. Every child these days receives a vaccine against rubella as a part of the MMR vaccine. You may also been immunized as a child but the thing is that there is no guarantee that you will be immune when you grow up.

How does it affect pregnancy?

If you get pregnant without realizing it, you should get a checkup during early pregnancy. If you don’t have the required antibodies, you should talk to your doctor and follow his advice and guidelines. A simple blood test will determine the presence or absence of the antibodies.

If, by chance, you are exposed to the virus during pregnancy and fall ill, you are most likely to have a miscarriage. If you are able to sustain your pregnancy, there are chances of your baby being born with developmental defects or other birth defects. Heart malfunctions, eye defects, deafness, and problems related to the nervous system are likely if you come down with the illness in the first trimester of your pregnancy.

The good news is that more than 90% of the people in the United States are immunized.

How should I prevent it during pregnancy?

As we all know, prevention is better than cure. Thus, as aforementioned, you should have a blood test and rule out the possibility of rubella before you are pregnant. This is the best way to prevent it. Getting prenatal care early is also ideal.

If you find out that the required antibodies are absent after you are pregnant, you can still reduce the likelihood of catching the illness. Make sure everyone you are surrounded by frequently has been vaccinated.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)