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Does fifth disease affect your baby if you're pregnant?

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Most fetuses are unaffected when their mothers contract the virus, and it has not been proven to cause birth defects. However, if a fetus becomes infected, the virus can disrupt the fetus's ability to produce red blood cells, leading to a dangerous form of anemia, heart failure, and sometimes miscarriage or stillbirth. A woman who contracts the virus while pregnant has about a 10% chance of miscarriage.

SOURCES: American Academy of Pediatrics. 2003
Red Book Report on the Committee of Infectious Diseases (American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infections Diseases//Report of the Committee on Infections Diseases)

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Pediatrics. 2003
Red Book Report on the Committee of Infectious Diseases (American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infections Diseases//Report of the Committee on Infections Diseases)

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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