Hi, I am a very blessed mother of 3: DS1 nearly 6, DS2 21/2 ,DD1 6 months. My first and third pregnancies were fairly normal and both children have gone through the developmental stages at the times they should. However, at 20 weeks into my second pregnancy, I suffered from "slap cheek" or "parvo virus". My obst. monitored me closely and I had extra fluid around the baby, resulting in a 3 week stay in hospital before he was born 2 weeks early by ceasar. My bub was tiny, quiet, wouldn't feed properly and so didn't put on weight until he was around 8 weeks old. He suffered from asthma like symptoms which went on until he was diagnosed as being an asthma sufferer at 2 years of age. He didn't do all the things that my eldest did and child care/family became concerned. We were finally able to have him tested around his 2nd birthday and he was diagnosed with global development delay. He didn't walk unaided and without holding onto walls and furniture until he was 26 months and he has only just started to communicate properly using single words in context. It has been a heartbreaking and frustrating experience as people either say he will get there in his own time or they judge him for what he can't do. We have a wonderful paed. who is very encouraging and we are going through as many channels as we can to help him along.
My question to other mums and carers out there is this - has anyone got a similar story??? I know the risks that parvo can cause in the first trimester of pregnancy but I would like to know if anyone else had the virus whilst pregnant. I guess too that I'd like to know how things turned out for your chld.