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Do obgyns routinely test for herpes during pregnancy? I have a patch of little bumps by my vagina. They've been there for weeks. They don't hurt thoug

Do obgyns routinely test for herpes during pregnancy? I have a patch of little bumps by my vagina. They've been there for weeks. They don't hurt thoug

Not herpes: These bumps are not herpes. Lesions of genital herpes go from red bump to blister to sore (with scab if on a dry surface) and then heal over 1-3 weeks. Genital warts are a possibility, but maybe nothing abnormal. Show your obstetrician. Some Ob's test routinely for HSV infection, but most probably do not -- but if you remain concerned about herpes, probably she will test you. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


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Do they test for herpes simplex 2 during pregnancy?

Do they test for herpes simplex 2 during pregnancy?

Usually, yes: Herpes, gonorrhea, hiv, and human papilloma virus, are usually tested for in initial screening, among other things (like diabetes) during the first trimester visits. Usually, though, it is just a herpes virus screen, which includes herpes type i and ii, rather than separating them out. ...Read more

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Is it routine to test for genital herpes during pregnancy before you deliver?

Is it routine to test for genital herpes during pregnancy before you deliver?

Depends: If you have a known history of herpes outbreaks or a possible exposure to herpes while pregnant, yes, it's important to test if you start having symptoms around time for delivery. If you've never been exposed or had the disease, then routine testing is often not necessary. ...Read more

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Will herpes medication harm your baby at 5 weeks? Or anything during pregnancy? It's 500 mg.

Will herpes medication harm your baby at 5 weeks? Or anything during pregnancy? It's 500 mg.

Safe: This medicine class is generally considered safe in pregnancy. Please ask your doctor to be sure, in your case with your medicine. ...Read more

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How is genital herpes infection treated during pregnancy?

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 more

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What is the effect of a herpes outbreak on the uterus during pregnancy?

What is the effect of a herpes outbreak on the uterus during pregnancy?

Potentially Serious: Herpes simplex virus (hsv) infection is one of the most common viral sexually transmitted diseases worldwide. A pregnant female who has genital herpes during pregnancy must seek an immediate medical attention, as this infection may be potentially fatal to the fetus. Therefore, please inform your physician of this immediately. ...Read more

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How can I treat genital herpes during pregnancy?

How can I treat genital herpes during pregnancy?

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 more

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Could genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

Could genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

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 more

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Could a child be born with herpes if the mother contracts herpes during pregnancy?

Could a child be born with herpes if the mother contracts herpes during pregnancy?

Yes: Infection can occur at any stage of pregnancy. The infection could transfer to baby immediately in the initial phase the infection and cause fetal damage or loss.If not passed during the initial phase, the germ can infect baby near the time of delivery.Baby can appear asymptomatic at birth and develop a devastating encephalitis in the first few weeks. ...Read more

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Docs, could a child be born with herpes if the mother contracts herpes during pregnancy?

Docs, could a child be born with herpes if the mother contracts herpes during pregnancy?

Yes: Infection can occur at any stage of pregnancy. The infection could transfer to baby immediately in the initial phase the infection and cause fetal damage or loss.If not passed during the initial phase, the germ can infect baby near the time of delivery.Baby can appear asymptomatic at birth and develop a devastating encephalitis in the first few weeks. ...Read more

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What are the situations doctors test for herpes at pregnancy? Do they just test or do they need to see a breakout?

What are the situations doctors test for herpes at pregnancy? Do they just test or do they need to see a breakout?

History or symptoms: If you think you had a lesion that is concerning for herpes, your doctor can check blood tests to see if you ever had exposure (cold sores etc)
If you have an active lesion, they can send that for a culture as well. ...Read more

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I want to know if i can transmit herpes during pregnancy to my unborn child. I got it 2 years ago. And I am now 10 weeks pregnant?

I want to know if i can transmit herpes during pregnancy to my unborn child. I got it 2 years ago. And I am now 10 weeks pregnant?

Yes, but: Herpes is most worrisome during 2 periods.A 1st infection during pregnancy could spread to baby and cause miscarriage or major infection. If the genital lesions return during the period before or during delivery, the virus can be acquired by baby & lead to blood poisoning on encephalitis. Even asymptomatic periods may shed virus & infect a vaginally delivered baby.Some chose c/s to avoid the risk. ...Read more

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How can genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

How can genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

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

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Can having genital herpes cause periods during pregnancy?

No: Genital herpes and periods are not linked. If you have a flare up of herpes and ur skin breaks down tht can cause bleeding at the site of the lesion. However, herpes in itself dont cause periods.
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Dr M ...Read more

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I had very mild herpes zoster just 8 blisters and I am cured now my pregnancy test is positive now after 5 days of medicine .Can it affect the fetus ?

I had very mild herpes zoster just 8 blisters and I am cured now my pregnancy test is positive now after 5 days of medicine .Can it affect the fetus ?

Zoster: It should not affect the fetus. It is a reactivation of the virus that you have had since chicken pox (or the vaccine) in your youth. With shingles (zoster), the virus does not travel through the blood stream - it travels locally down a nerve and to the skin. If anything it will boost your immunity to shingles/chicken pox during pregnancy. ...Read more

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If i get oral herpes for the first time during third trimester of pregnancy will this harm my unborn baby?

If i get oral herpes for the first time during third trimester of pregnancy will this harm my unborn baby?

You are FIRST trimes: If you carry the baby 2-3 weeks after infection begins, your body develops immunity which is passed onto the baby for several months. If the baby comes sooner, your body may not yet be producing antibodies. Then the baby needs to be closely observed because herpes in a newborn is very serious. ...Read more

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What are the affects or symptoms for ACYCLOVIR 400MG tab pills(Zovirax)During pregnancy? These are for herpes(cold sores&blisters)

What are the affects or symptoms for ACYCLOVIR 400MG tab pills(Zovirax)During pregnancy? These are for herpes(cold sores&blisters)

Best Info in the PI: Study the FDA approved Prescribing Information (i.e. the PI) from the manufacturer of Zovirax, (acyclovir) GlaxoSmithKline Inc., at: http://www.gsk.ca/english/docs-pdf/product-monographs/Zovirax.pdf ...Read more

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Herpes & pregnancy?

Herpes & pregnancy?

Depends: Risk of transmission from mother to baby is highest if the mother is infected around the time of delivery (30-60%). A c-section can be performed to reduce exposure to the baby of mothers vaginal secretions. Acylovir is recommended to suppress herpes starting around 36 weeks. Vaginal birth is still recommended if there are no outbreaks when you are in labor. ...Read more

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Herpes and pregnancy, could this affect?

Herpes and pregnancy, could this affect?

Yes. It could.: Depending on if it is your first infection, or recurrent disease, and if there is a genital lesion or not, the risks of the baby getting serious herpes infection vary. Therefore i recommend that you speak to your obstetrician at your earliest appointment. Do not delay until you start having labor. ...Read more

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Wat. To do if having herpes in initial days of pregnancy ? Are those tablets like acyclover n all r safe to take what to do

Wat. To do if having herpes in initial days of pregnancy ? Are those tablets like acyclover n all r safe to take what to do

Acyclovir: Zovirax is the tablets of acyclovir. They are pregnancy category b. See the link for a description of the pregnancy categories. http://www.drugs.com/pregnancy-categories.html. ...Read more

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Can you have a healthy pregnancy while having herpes?

Can you have a healthy pregnancy while having herpes?

Precautions count: Many women have healthy pregnancies and babies even if they have a history of genital herpes. However, it is important to establish care early, to bring documentation of a positive culture or be seen during an outbreak to confirm the diagnosis, to follow precautions and recommendations from OB doctor, and to report outbreaks and to report labor, leaking from membranes, other problems immediately, . ...Read more

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Can pregnancy cause first herpes outbreak?

Can pregnancy cause first herpes outbreak?

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

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Can pregnancy cause a first herpes outbreak ?

Can pregnancy cause a first herpes outbreak ?

Herpes pregnancy: Pts with a history of genital herpes should undergo a careful perineal examination at the time of delivery.Vaginal delivery is indicated if no signs or symptoms of hsv are present.Active genital hsv in patients in labor or with ruptured membranes is an indication for c/s.Reactivation occurs in 50% of patients within 6 months of the initial outbreak.Whether pregnancy alters the rate is disputed. ...Read more

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I am ppregnant. 37. I am to get retested for chylmadia and herpes 1. If these come back positive how will it affect pregnancy?

I am ppregnant. 37.  I am to get retested for chylmadia and herpes 1.  If these come back positive how will it affect pregnancy?

Herpes: Untreated chlamydia might cause neonatal conjuctivitis and respiratory illness. Herpes might cause fetal neurological disease and need to perform a cesarean section if present at the time of delivery. So both can affect anyones pregnancy. ...Read more

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If internal herpes outbreaks occurwhat does that mean for future pregnancy?Still birth suggest herpes was cause never had a symptom pregnant 6 month

Prophylaxis needed: It is certainly very upsetting to go through such an experience.Most patients can take an anti- viral medication to prevent an active herpes infection during the pregnancy. See your provider and get your questions answered. ...Read more

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I'm planning for pregnancy and my partner has tested positive for herpes simplest 2. Will the baby be affected by the virus? Will I have the herpes ?

I'm planning for pregnancy and my partner has tested positive for herpes simplest 2. Will the baby be affected by the virus?  Will I have the herpes ?

Neonatal herpes...: ...i.e. infection of newborns with herpes, is easy to prevent when either or both parents has HSV2. You can be tested to see if you already have it or are susceptible, and prevention usually is effective. Babies catch it only from active infection at delivery. Whether or not you are tested, tell the obstetrician so s/he can be on the lookout for a herpes outbreak as the delivery date approaches. ...Read more

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Will herpes labialis affect my pregnancy?

Will herpes labialis affect my pregnancy?

Herpes and pregnant: Yes. It very well could. If your herpes is hsv type two you may very well be put on a medication to suppress your viral shedding of this and even may be offered a c-section to protect your child's journey through the birth canal. ...Read more

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What treatment will I need in pregnancy if I have genital herpes?

What treatment will I need in pregnancy if I have genital herpes?

Antiviral medication: No treatment is needed unless you have an outbreak. During an outbreak your doctor can prescribe Acyclovir or valacyclovir (valtrex). At 36 weeks most doctors will start you on prophylactic treatment with daily medication to prevent an outbreak or viral shedding during delivery. If you have an outbreak at the time of a delivery a C-section will be needed. ...Read more

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Can herpes simplex i (lip herpes) affect pregnancy?

Can herpes simplex i (lip 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

Herpes (Definition)

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