I Had No Idea Postpartum Shingles Were So Common — Until I Got Them Myself

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By Joanna Schroeder | Originally Published Oct 5, 2018 on Babble | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross

When you have a baby, it’s all too easy to forget to take care of yourself.

I don’t know about you, but during my first few months as a mom, I lived in ponytails, wore whatever was within arm’s reach (and preferably clean), and forgot to shower for days on end. Self-care can seem so unimportant when you’re just trying to get through the sleepless nights and round-the-clock diaper changes.

That’s probably why I thought the itchy, painful rash that showed up on my chest shortly after giving birth was poison ivy. By that point, my baby was two and a half months old, and I just didn’t think to question it. I pulled on my enormous nursing bra, grimaced as the thick fabric scraped across the bumps, and got on with my day.

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