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8 weeks affected by momps, Dr. advised to apart the baby?

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hi .. my wife is conceiving a baby for 8 weeks. now she got affected by momps. consolted a doctor thru phone. they advised as to apart the baby. is it a right choice?.. please advice us.. this is our first baby...

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replied January 3rd, 2013
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Mumps virus is a member of the paramyxovirus family of viruses, and the acute viral disease is spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. The infection is known to be most contagious from three days prior to and four days after the onset of symptoms. The incubation period is generally between 14 to 18 days, although it may vary from 7 to 23 days. The incidence of mumps infection during pregnancy is quite rare as most women are immunized, but the incidence can vary between 0.8 and 10 cases per 10,000 pregnancies. The illness typically presents with symptoms of fever, myalgia, and swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands, usually the parotid gland (about one-third of infected people do not have symptoms). Mumps infection during the first trimester of pregnancy has been associated with an increased rate of spontaneous abortion. Although mumps virus is capable of infecting the placenta and fetus, several studies conducted have failed to demonstrate an association between gestational mumps and fetal malformation, hence conclusion is that natural mumps infection during pregnancy does not cause birth defects or premature birth, however, if the woman has mumps during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, the risk of miscarriage is increased. You may consider taking second opinion from another gynecologist about continuing with pregnancy, and if she decides to continue with the pregnancy, regular monitoring, NT scan (done before 12 weeks of gestation) and anomaly scan (done between 16-20 weeks gestation) done would help to rule out any anomalies and confirm smooth continuation of pregnancy. She should be in regular monitoring and follow-up with her treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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