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This is just from a quick web search, but it appears that having shingles during pregnancy is not an issue for the pregnancy.




Although shingles and chickenpox are caused by the same virus (varicella-zoster virus), Dr. Ben Peyton-Jones, a specialist in obstetrics with BabyCenter.Com, states that research does not indicate problems arising in a pregnancy as a result of a shingles infection.



If you develop chickenpox before you are 30 weeks pregnant, your baby may be born with a birth defect. However, these cases are rare and experts differ in their opinions about how great the risk is.
Most experts agree that developing shingles during pregnancy is even less likely to harm your unborn child.



What *IS* important, though, is that your friend avoid other pregnant women.  Because she could pass chicken pox to a person who was not immune and that is more likely to have serious consequences with a pregnancy.




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