Fifth Disease During Pregnancy

by Gavin Jacobs

What Is it?

Fifth disease is a contagious infection that is caused by the human parvovirus B19 and spread through coughing, sneezing, or bodily fluids

symptoms

sore throat

headache

fever

lacy red rashes on cheeks belly and neck

Risks Invoved

The number one complication of the fifth disease in pregnancy is anemia

Treatment options

Usually Fifth disease is mild and will resolve on its own without any treatment in healthy children and adults. Babies are monitored for signs of the infection and possible anemia. In the rare incidences when the condition worsens, your healthcare provider may treat your baby with blood transfusion while in utero.