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Want baby. We have infrequent genital herpes outbreaks. What should we do?

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In brief: Preventive care...

(medication such as valacyclovir) and/or a planned c-section will decrease risk to the baby.

In brief: Preventive care...

(medication such as valacyclovir) and/or a planned c-section will decrease risk to the baby.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Go ahead

If a mother delivers vaginally during 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 (meds) 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.

In brief: Go ahead

If a mother delivers vaginally during 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 (meds) 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Walter Kobasa
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: GET TREATED

Recurrent outbreaks of herpes can dramatically reduced if you take supressive therapy(valtrex, famvir) getting pregant would not be a problem, but type of delivery needs to be discussed.
If no outbreaks are present when you go into labor you probably can deliver vaginally. If a lesion is present in most causes the baby will need to be delivered by c section.

In brief: GET TREATED

Recurrent outbreaks of herpes can dramatically reduced if you take supressive therapy(valtrex, famvir) getting pregant would not be a problem, but type of delivery needs to be discussed.
If no outbreaks are present when you go into labor you probably can deliver vaginally. If a lesion is present in most causes the baby will need to be delivered by c section.
Dr. Walter Kobasa
Dr. Walter Kobasa
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