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Can Genital Herpes Affect Pregnancy
Not typically: The stress of pregnancy on your body could help produce recurrent herpes blisters. The active virus is thought to be limited to the area and not systemically, so little concern is given to your developing baby. Be careful with active lesions after the baby is born, as the virus is very infectious from your lips to the child. No kissing of that precious gift when you have blisters! :). ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Probably not: If you have oral herpes, there should be no effect at all. If genital, make sure your obstetrician knows about it; she will know how to take necessary precautions to be sure your baby isn't infected during delivery. But for women with longstandings genital herpes, the risk to the baby is very low anyway. The main risk comes when a woman catches genital HSV in the last 3 months of pregnancy. ...Read more
Primary outbreak: A first time infection with herpes during pregnancy is very serious since the virus can go from your blood stream through the placenta and cause an infection of the baby which can then cause long-term damage. Secondary or recurrent infections with HSV do not infect the baby unless you are actively shedding virus at the time of a vaginal delivery. Medications can minimize that risk. ...Read more
Yes : Genital herpes can be problematic for pregnant women because of the possibility of vertical transmission during vaginal delivery. This is why women with vaginal herpes outbreaks require c-sections, and suppressive therapy around the time of delivery is used to prevent outbreaks. Neonatal herpes can lead to infection to the baby's skin, eyes, mouth, or central nervous system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no.: If a patient is known to have genital herpes then she is usually offered suppressive therapy at about 36 weeks to prevent transmission to the baby as it is born. If there is an outbreak at the time of delivery, then cesarean section is recommended. It is unlikely that it would effect future fertility. ...Read more
No.: Pregnancy cannot, per se, cause herpes; but if the man who impregnated you has genital herpes, he could have infected you at the same time he got you pregnant. The first step is to get tested, and make sure you actually have herpes before trying to figure out what (or who) caused it. ...Read more
Not typically: The only way hpv affects pregnancy is if the wart is so big it would affect the baby's head/body coming out of the birth canal. This is a very rare situation. Genital warts are common enough that many women have them during pregnancy. You can always talk to your ob/gyn and discuss for his/her opinion as well. Good luck with pregnancy! ...Read more
Avoid contact/ RX: Genital herpes can easily spread between partners and between the mother and the delivering baby. The risk is greatest if the mom contracts primary genital herpes in the 3rd trimester and thus is not able to transmit protective antibodies to the baby. Avoiding genital/genital or oral/genital contact with an infected partner is key - esp. In later preg. Valtex should be given in 3rd trimester. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: This is more likely to happen if mom has a first breakout around the time of delivery & delivers vaginally. Infection rates of around 30% have been cited. Risk drops for recurrent outbreaks & when mom takes suppression meds. Often a c-section delivery is scheduled or done as soon as the water breaks to prevent exposure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Antiviral medication: You may use the standard antiviral medications commonly used for herpes treatment while you are pregnant. If you have had frequent outbreaks you may use them prophylactically throughout pregnancy. If you do not have frequent outbreaks they are usually prescribed during the last month of pregnancy to avoid an outbreak at the time of delivery, to allow you to have the option of a vaginal delivery. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Death or disability: The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls.Some will have skin leasions(blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile.Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
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