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I got herpes through birth what should I do?

I got herpes through birth what should I do?

Depends : That's a loaded question with lots of answers based on lots of factors..If asymptomatic then nothing at this time if you're looking to get pregnant that's a whole different response. ...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


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Is my baby only exposed to the herpes virus by passing through the birth canal, not while it is in the womb?

Is my baby only exposed to the herpes virus by passing through the birth canal, not while it is in the womb?

No: The overwhelming majority of cases where herpes was passed from mom to baby happen at delivery as the baby passes through the birth canal and comes into contact with virus being shed from the vaginal tissue. In rare cases though herpes can be passed during the pregnancy while still in the uterus. These are cases where the mom acquired her first exposure to herpes type 2 while pregnant. ...Read more

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Ways herpes two can be transmitted other than sex and birth

Ways herpes two can be transmitted other than sex and birth

Direct contact: Direct contact with an infected lesion or infected body fluid is a possible way to be infected with herpes virus. ...Read more

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Can I still have a home birth if I have herpes?

Yes: Take Valtrex (valacyclovir) for the last month to minimize the chance of an outbreak. Should you have a genital outbreak when you go into labor you should abandon the home delivery and deliver by c-section. Neonatal herpetic encephalopathy is catastrophic. ...Read more

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Can you still have a natural child birth if you have herpes?

Can you still have a natural child birth if you have herpes?

Depends: There is certainly high risk for baby if you have an outbreak at or around the time of delivery. There is a possibility you could deliver between outbreaks & not pass it to baby.However, there have been cases where no outbreak was evident but baby acquired the germ during delivery, developed herpes encephalitis & died as a result. The risk is always present so discuss it with your ob. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a person has herpes can she have a natural birth?

Can you tell me if a person has herpes can she have a natural birth?

Ok if no lesions: Active genital herpes lesions near the vaginal opening can be transmitted to baby with vaginal delivery. If there are no active lesions or prodromal symptoms, it's okay to have vaginal delivery. Consider taking prophylactic antivirao medication (acyclovir or valcyclovir) beginning at about 35-36 weeks gestation to prevent a recurrent lesion around the time of delivery. ...Read more