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A 32-year-old member asked:

If a woman has genital herpes and gets pregnant will her baby be mentally damaged?

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Dr. Walter Kobasa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Probably Not: The real concern is if the lesions are present when you go into labor you probably need a c-sections. Initial herpes infection during early stages might cause a problem. You physician can do a test to determine if you were exposed before or it is new..Since the herpes infection is already present, the baby would not be mentally damaged by the herpes infection.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Manageable risks: If a mother delivers vaginally with her first genital outbreak, there is ~30% risk the baby could get it and have a terrible illness. If a recurrent outbreak, this drops to ~4% but suppression of outbreaks or c-section delivery before the membranes are open 4 hours can cancel the risk. Rarely, some women shed herpes without an outbreak and could pass it , baby sick around 2 wks.
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Last updated May 22, 2017

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