An hour later and more research on mine and the schools part and it was found to actually be a bit of a worry. The NHS Choices website has a list of complications and time frames. I was 10 weeks pregnant. This was on the border of the risky time for baby, a really risky time. Possibly the most devastating of things can happen, and if not that then other very close monitoring is needed for a potentially dangerous side affects for baby.
A call back to my Dr's and it was recommended that I stay away from work until my immunity to the virus had been checked. If it was found I was not immune then Pip would need extra checks, no more midwife care, extra scans for the dangerous, possibly life threatening, foetal hydrops.
To say I was terrified would be an understatement. To say that the two weeks leading up to this scan were awful would be not close. I looked and looked for information on slapped cheek and pregnancy and could find very little. NHS Choices gave the most information, the scariest information. My mum who is a nurse hadn't heard about slapped cheek being dangerous in pregnancy, my Dr hadn't dealt with it before and called the Centre for Infections Diseases, my student midwife sister hadn't heard of the risks and even my own midwife had told me not to worry.
It seemed that really there should be more information and support available concerning slapped cheek and pregnancy. I turned to online birth forums and discovered that a number of other women, most of whom worked with young children, were either going through the same thing, or had gone through it in past pregnancies.
Slapped cheek is relatively common, it is relatively minor infection that many children catch, you do not have to stay away from school if you have it, unlike something like chicken pox, it is only really dangerous if you catch it when pregnant when it can affect your unborn baby. And yet it is not routine to test women for their immunity to slapped cheek in the way they test for immunity to Rubella.
I was shaking going into the 12 week scan at nearly two weeks since finding out about slapped cheek. My blood results were not back and this scan could be the first indicators that something was fatally wrong with our baby.
Much to our relief the scan showed no indicators of foetal hydrops and that Pip was growing well. We breathed a massive sigh of relief and cried once more at the sight of our tiny baby growing in my tummy.
I was off work for two weeks in the end until thankfully I was told I was immune, that my blood showed no increased levels of antibodies so the immunity was historic. I was in the all clear but most importantly I hadn't put my baby at risk by doing my job.
I really believe that immunity to slapped cheek should be tested alongside Rubella either prior to pregnancy or in the early blood tests you have. Even if it is just routinely offered to those who work with, or are parents to, young children who are those most likely to catch this virus.
After our scan and the all clear we announced we were pregnant to the world via the age old medium of Facebook. It was brilliant to know all was well with Pip and that we could start enjoying and looking forward again to the pregnancy and our imminent new arrival.