Although rubella is rare, outbreaks do, and can, happen at any time. Catching rubella while you are pregnant can harm your developing baby. It can cause the following problems for your baby:
- Loss of the baby (miscarriage)
- Poorly developed sight
- Hearing loss
- Heart problems
- Brain damage
The risk of harm is worse if you are to catch rubella early in the pregnancy as this is when the baby is doing all of its major growing and developing. Rubella is not thought to be a risk to your baby if you catch it after 20 weeks of pregnancy.