Measles in Pregnancy

Measles in Pregnancy

Measles is very rare in pregnancy but may occur in women who have not been vaccinated against measles and have been in contact with persons infected with measles.

Although it is rare, measles in pregnancy can lead to serious complications such as preterm delivery and increase the risk of miscarriage and therefore treatment should be indicated by the doctor accompanying the pregnancy.

The pregnant woman who has not taken the measles vaccine is at risk of becoming infected with the disease and should avoid contact with individuals from other countries because not all countries do mass vaccination campaigns and one person may be contaminated and have not yet developed the characteristic symptoms of the disease and thus contaminate the pregnant woman.

Measles in Pregnancy

Treatment for measles in pregnancy

Treatment for measles during pregnancy is done only by controlling your symptoms. Paracetamol is indicated to lower the fever, but it should be avoided as much as possible to take it.

To reduce fever without remedies, it is recommended cold water baths and avoid staying in very hot places. Cold water packs placed on the forehead from time to time also help to lower the fever.

Can you take the vaccine in pregnancy?

It is not recommended to take the measles vaccine during pregnancy, because it can cause serious complications in the mother, because during pregnancy the woman’s immune system is compromised. In addition, cases of malformation have never been diagnosed before due to the contamination of the pregnant woman with measles and therefore the baby will not be born with measles if the mother becomes ill.

If the woman is trying to get pregnant and has not yet been vaccinated, it is recommended that she take the measles vaccine immediately, and only three months after the vaccination, initiate attempts to get pregnant.