Jemma Nicholls’ unborn child contracted parvovirus B19, commonly known as ‘slapped cheek syndrome’, while in the womb.
Miss Nicholls, 27, lost her baby on May 20 after being exposed to the virus – which causes a rash and flu-like symptoms in young children – at her son’s school, Dalton St Mary’s CofE Primary.
She knew nothing of the risks because, in the majority of cases, slapped cheek syndrome does not lead to complications and most pregnant women are already immune.
For more information consult the NHS Direct website www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or call them on 0845 4647.
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Miscarriage: Why it Happens and How Best to Reduce Your Risks--A Doctor's Guide to the Facts
-- Whether it occurs in the first trimester or later in a pregnancy, a miscarriage is always an emotionally traumatic event, sometimes a physically daunting one, and all too often an isolating experience. Adding to the frustration and disappointment of the 800,000 women who miscarry every year, busy obstetricians often lack up-to-date or specific knowledge about the causes and consequences of this profound event.
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Complete with stories from women who have miscarried and reassuring input from a female doctor, After Miscarriage also provides substantive advice for coping with the anxiety and depression that often accompany the loss of pregnancy.
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