Hand, Foot and Mouth disease can be a mild or a very serious illness. It is caused by a virus. Anyone can get hand, foot and mouth disease, but it is most common in children under 10.Preschool children tend to get sicker.
If your child has hand, foot and mouth disease, they'll have painful sores in their mouth and a rash with blisters on their hands and feet. Hand, foot and mouth disease appears most often in warm weather - usually in the summer or early autumn.
Hand, Foot and Mouth disease is rare in healthy adults, so the risk of infection during pregnancy is very low. And if a pregnant woman gets the disease, the risk of complications is also very low.However, if you catch the virus shortly before you give birth, the infection can be passed on to your baby. Most babies born with hand, foot and mouth disease have only mild symptoms.
In very rare cases it is possible that catching hand, foot and mouth disease during pregnancy may result in miscarriage or could affect your baby's development. For this reason, if you have contact with hand, foot and mouth disease while you're pregnant, or if you develop any kind of rash, see your doctor or lead maternity carer -just to be safe.