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I was exposed to hand-foot-mouth disease while pregnant, should I worry?

I was recently at a family gathering with my young nephew. He seemed fine, but a day later had a high fever and now has been diagnosed with Hand Foot Mouth disease. I am in my second trimester. Should I be concerned?

William Weidner | Obstetrician

William Weidner

Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease (HFMD) is generally due to a virus that is transmitted in feces or fluid droplets. If a woman is exposed during her pregnancy, there is a very low likelihood that her fetus would be affected.

The best way to protect yourself from HFMD would be with good hand-washing and also by not kissing the affected child on the mouth. There is no treatment for the disease, but it would be a good idea to let your health care provider know that you have been exposed.

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