As far was worrying, there's not much you can do about it now that your dh and dd have already been around it. So try not to get too stressed about it, mama! (I know, easier said than done) With that said....now that you *know* your niece has it, I would probably avoid her until she is well again.
I'm no expert on HFMD, but I think the only concern (that may affect your pg)is the fever, if it got out of hand. The sores are no picnic, but I don't *think* they will affect your pg or your babe (but obviously, I'd check with your care provider).
Sorry I couldn't be more help to you - - I guess all I can say is if you start to notice sores on yourself (or dd, dh), or a fever for any of you, call your provider to discuss it's possible effects for you/babe.
I know it's pretty contagious, but I've managed to avoid getting it myself, even with all of ds's activities, and playground trips. : So there's hope that you've dodged the bullet also! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you....:
Chaotic mama to 5 plus a bonus one on the way.
My ds had HFMD when he was about 15mos old and he had a very severe case, but when I was researching it said that by the time a child reaches 5 that the virus presents as a fever and a mildly sore throat. So, most adults can contract it from their children and just think they've come down with a little cold.
My young children generally have a more severe case presenting with fever, sore throat with sores in mouth, and the rash usually appears last and it's usually restrained to the limbs and trunk of the body (but normally appears on only feet/hands in mild cases.)
Originally Posted by emgremore
After the rash is healed, but the incubation period is 3-6 days, so others could have it prior to having a rash.
My children all just had it right before Easter. My grandmother ended up getting 2 weeks AFTER they had been cleared by the dr. to be around others.
She had such a severe case that she ended up hospitalized. (She is 85yr)
Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013. If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!