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Is getting a herpes outbreak during labor life threatening for the baby?

Is getting a herpes outbreak during labor life threatening for the baby?

Yes, it can be: Because herpes simplex infections in newborns and very young babies can be life-threatening, mothers with genital herpes outbreaks in labor can be safely delivered by c-section. Herpes in a newborn can spread all through the baby's body, including the brain. In the brain, the virus causes encephalitis, with seizures, lethargy, brain damage, and even death. ...Read more

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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 it safe for a pregnant woman with genital herpes to deliver her baby without having a c-section?

Is it safe for a pregnant woman with genital herpes to deliver her baby without having a c-section?

Genital herpes: If a woman with genital herpes has no active lesions at the time she goes into labor, a vaginal delivery is safe. Women with active herpes at the time of labor are delivered by c-section. Valtrex (valacyclovir) beginning at 36 weeks is being used to decrease the risk of active herpes at delivery. ...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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If a woman is diagnosed with genital herpes and years later becomes pregnant, what risks would the fetus face while developing or while giving birth?

If a woman is diagnosed with genital herpes and years later becomes pregnant, what risks would the fetus face while developing or while giving birth?

Varies: Birth defects are not an issue with maternal herpes. The baby is at risk of a severe infection from the germ.The risk period begins with the opening of the bag of waters if mom is actively shedding the virus during a recognized or silent outbreak.The germ can travel into babies system & lay dormant for a while or immediately cause infection.A c-section before labor starts can avoid the risk. ...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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If a mother is pregnant and gets itp while pregnant, does the baby contract this disease at the same time?

If a mother is pregnant and gets itp while pregnant, does the baby contract this disease at the same time?

Passive transfer can: Unfortunately, the maternal antibodies are usually of the IgG class and can cross the placenta, more commonly in very late pregnancy. If this does occur it is of short duration, since the child makes no platelet antibodies. It is not severe for most, if it does occur. ...Read more

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If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

Varies: Birth defects are not an issue with maternal herpes. The baby is at risk of a severe infection from the germ.The risk period begins with the opening of the bag of waters if mom is actively shedding the virus during a recognized or silent outbreak.The germ can travel into babies system & lay dormant for a while or immediately cause infection.A c-section before labor starts can avoid the risk. ...Read more

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A woman has genital herpes and gets pregnant . . . Will baby be mentally retarded due to the herpes?

A woman has genital herpes and gets pregnant . . . Will baby be mentally retarded due to the herpes?

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. ...Read more

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Does having a c-section prevent a child from getting HIV if its mother is infected?

Does having a c-section prevent a child from getting HIV if its mother is infected?

Theoretically: Most infants infected with HIV during pregnancy acquire it by transplacental transmission, but vaginal delivery through a birth canal with a high viral load, or a bloody delivery could conceivably heighten the risk. ...Read more

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If a couple has herpes what are the chances of passing it to an unborn child?

If a couple has herpes what are the chances of passing it to an unborn child?

Varies: The highest risk to newborns occurs during a primary (1st) outbreak around the time of delivery. That baby can pick up the germ from the birth canal or during delivery.Outcome can be fatal.Those with recurrent outbreaks have less risk (below 10%) but it is possible.Many women have elective c-section prior to labor to avoid any risk. ...Read more

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Is TB lymphadenitis contagious? Will it spread to fetus or will baby get TB in future? Is there a possibility of relapse after six months of treatment

Is TB lymphadenitis contagious? Will it spread to fetus or will baby get TB in future? Is there a possibility of relapse after six months of treatment

Tuberculosis in preg: When pregnant with active tuberculosis,you should be treated for at least 9 months total, regardless of your treatment start date, & through pregnancy. Your baby is at risk for serious problems if you do not get treated, and could even die. It is very important to take your medication exactly as prescribed, and if it does not work, to switch to a second line medication. Take Vitamin B6 daily. ...Read more

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To pass on HSV 2 to baby during delivery, do u have to have active primary outbreak? If no outbreak, is baby safe and no c-section necessary?

To pass on HSV 2 to baby during delivery, do u have to have active primary outbreak?  If no outbreak, is baby safe and no c-section necessary?

Yes: In order to pass the infection to the baby, you need to have active sores or feelings that the infection is starting (prodrome). If you have a history of herpes, your doctor should start you on medication around 36 weeks to suppress the virus and prevent outbreak; therefore allowing a vaginal delivery. ...Read more

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