Need Rubella Test While Pregnant?
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Rubella or German measles is a viral infection that causes symptoms of mild fever followed by a red rash on several parts of the body. Actually rubella is a mild infection that can heal itself along with an increase in endurance. But this infection will be very dangerous if it affects pregnant women, especially at the age of the first and second trimester of pregnancy (before entering the age of 20 weeks). Rubella in pregnant women will cause the fetus to experience congenital rubella syndrome which will cause birth defects including disorders of the sense of hearing, vision, heart, central nervous system to result in miscarriage in the womb.
In women who have a history of rubella before and have recovered it will have a natural immune system that is lifelong. This immunity will also apply when pregnant. You don't need to worry, what you can do is make sure the immunity is already in your body by conducting a blood test for rubella antibodies. The existence of immunity against rubella infection, the results will appear as IgG rubella. Rubella IgG treats that rubella infection has occurred in the past, and the results will always be positive if you have a history of rubella. You may still be infected with the virus, but generally the symptoms that arise will not be too severe if you already have immunity to the virus in the body. If IgM rubella is found, be careful because this indicates that there is currently an acute infection, which if detected during pregnancy is something to be aware of.
Related to this, you should consult directly with your obstetrician to get more complete and relevant information. The doctor will give medical consideration when is the best time for you to carry out the examination.
Always take care of your pregnancy by consuming healthy and nutritious food, consuming special vitamins for pregnant women, getting enough rest, avoiding smoking and regular control on schedule.
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