Saturday, July 24, 2010

My experience on chicken pox during pregnancy.


Let me add some basic facts of chicken pox during pregnancy before starting my experience on it.

Some facts about Chicken Pox in pregnancy

Chicken pox is an infection caused by the varicella virus. However, chicken pox acquired during pregnancy causes an increase risk of complications to the mother and the infant, the time of infection - during early pregnancy or near delivery, determines the risk to mother and child.

Infant Complications of Chicken Pox in Early Pregnancy

Primary chicken pox infection in the first trimester of pregnancy, especially weeks 8 to 12, carries a 2.2% risk of birth defects in the infant. The most common manifestation 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.

Infant Complications of Chicken Pox in Late Pregnancy

If a woman acquires a primary chicken pox infection within 5 days before and 2 days after delivery, her newborn is at risk for disseminated varicella infection. Disseminated varicella infection occurs when the virus infects a newborn before the transfer of protective maternal antibodies. This overwhelming viral infection leads to death in 25% of cases.

Informations from here

My experience on chicken pox during pregnancy.

What tempted me to share my experience on chicken pox during pregnancy is that, I think, many people may be suffering with it and searching for such information on the same. I really hope it can influence those in a good way. I acquired chicken pox in my 8th week of pregnancy. My doctor insisted me for an abortion to avert any such misfortune mentioned above in my life and she gave one week time to take a decision. She was sure that my child would have some type of problem, because she was sure of it by seeing me with those bubbles. All my parents, relatives and friends also insisted me to terminate it, thinking about my good future. Me and my husband were really in a dilemma. We had heard and read about others experience on the same problem, most of it endued negative energy, but some people’s experience gave us the positive energy to go on. Even though, in a certain moment I got ready to follow my doctor.

But my husband’s thought reverted me from my decision. He said whatever may happen, it is our baby and it is our responsibility to bring it up. And blamed me, how selfish you are to pray God to give you a normal baby when lots of others suffer with such kind of abnormal kids in different parts of this world? These made me rethink. Finally I also joined with him in the firm decision to continue, ignoring all other opinions. The rest of my days were full of prayers.

I was admitted in St. Philomena’s hospital 1 month earlier than the due date because the scanning showed low weight to the baby. It was only 2kg in 8th month. So they did cesarean in a hurry. The nurses said in the previous night of delivery that the baby will be shifted to room only after few days, because premature babies will have some birth difficulties, so they will be under observation. We all were anxious in those moments of operation. I was able to see my doctor and pediatrician when she does the cesarean because I was given spinal anesthesia and so I could hear my baby’s crying after some minutes. I was relieved in some way because I had heard that a baby crying just after the birth is symptom of good health. Doctor told me you got a baby girl. But that was not the important matter for me. I asked her is she a normal one? She said yes…She was soon shifted to the room as she was quite healthy. She was good in taking milk also. Really she is a miracle baby I believe. I believe we got her only because of prayers. I am really grateful to all those who prayed for me and my baby.

I can’t forget my cousin Jeeva, who was with me from the beginning to end in all my problems to console me. Now my baby is 1year and 3 months. She is quite like other babies of same age. It is the only thing I want to say, prayers can change everything. If anybody suffering with such a problem, don’t think about an abortion immediately, just rethink of it. Usually all doctors suggest for an abortion, but there is no 100% chance for an abnormality. I cannot compel any of you, as there is a small chance of risk, but just rethink…..If it can save a wonderful life, is there any other pleasure than it? Now when we enjoy her plays and naughtiness, I really thank God for helping us to take the right decision at that time.

16 comments:

AswathiBabu said...

susan

A post from the heart. Wishing Jenma all the success in her life
with lots of love

susan manoj, artude.com said...

Thanks Aswathi...

susmitha said...

Hai Susan....

1st I thank God for your positive attitude and believe in Lord...
He never let us alone in our painful days. He is with us....It is his promise to us..Any way I feel very proud of you

Susmitha Susan Ajit said...

Hi Susan,
Firstly I Thank God for your positive attitude and strong believe in God....He is Great ..He never left us lonely, when we any trouble..He is always with us ..I am very proud to read your experience....

susan manoj, artude.com said...

Thanks Susmitha...

Sunu said...

Dear Susan,

Very good message to all..
Now only i understood the tension you taken for a good decision. This words are come from your heart to those who abort their infant without any reason.

Sunu said...

Words from your heart to those who abort their infant without any reason. Now only I understood the tension which you had for taking a good decision at that time. Any way god is great, Pray to him.

nimmy said...

chechi may god bless u always..may u have all happiness in life

Anonymous said...

I am having a similar situation that my husband has chicken pox..your article gives lot of positive energy to face things..thanks!

susan manoj, artude.com said...

You are welcome...Go ahead.

sal said...

Hi Susan, I am in my 17th week of pregnancy and i have chickenpox, i'm so scared and unsure of what is going on as my midwife has told me to wait for furthing testing. I applaud you'r strength in your decision. i dont have to make that decision as my baby is now passed the stage of termination, to which i thank god. I have to look forward to a future with my beautiful baby no matter what the out come of the tests maybe, but like you and your husband i agree this is my child and my responsibilty.
Thank you for sharing your story, it has helped me come to terms with what the future may or may not hold for us. Love and hugs for the future Sal xx.

susan manoj, artude.com said...

Hi Sal, I'm happy to know that my message could console you in some way. Don't worry about anything. Sincere prayers can change everything. Keep your mind always pleasant and think about only good things. Wishing you the best....

Biji Boban said...

Susan
This will be a great consolation for the people,who are suffering from this type of problems.Good job.May God bless Jemma and you all.

anne said...

susan,

i have the same problem you experienced before.. i am 7 weeks pregnant and im so scared of what might happen.. pls pls, can you share some tips on how you dealt with your problem? did you take any medicine? im really scared, my face and chest are full of blisters. and most of all, im scared of how my baby might be affected with the chicken pox

susan manoj, mollysfarmmade.com said...

Hi Anne
Prayers was the only medicine I took. Because there are medicines only for prevention. Keep praying...nothing will happen to your baby. I too will remember you in my prayers. And waiting to hear that happy news at the end.

Fickle~thy name is....... said...

Hi, I just came across this article because I was looking up any new information on this subject. I too got chicken pox whilst 8 weeks pregnant and everybody told me to abort, especially my family. If it wasn't for my obstetrician who said it wasn't such a high risk to either of us unless we lived in a 3rd world country, I may have done it! I had a battery of tests and scans and I found out she was not physically deformed. And 12 years later she is a beautiful, intelligent, creative, NORMAL girl verging on womanhood.
She does have very small hands and feet, thats why I am looking for a link.