If a woman has genital herpes and gets pregnant will her baby be mentally damaged?

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.
Probably Not. The real concern is if the lesions are present when you go into labor you probably need a c-sections. Initial herpes infection during early stages might cause a problem. You physician can do a test to determine if you were exposed before or it is new..Since the herpes infection is already present, the baby would not be mentally damaged by the herpes infection.

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

No. Genital herpes can only cause a problem if you have an outbreak when you go into labor and your bag of waters breaks. Most doctors will have you take an antiviral medication in the last month of pregnancy to reduce the chances of a herpes outbreak. Read more...
Only if infected. Your doctor will prophylactically treat you close to delivery and will make sure you have no active lesions close to the birth canal. Otherwise, she will deliver you by cesarean. Read more...
Herpes. Not likely. The baby can be effected by transmission of herpes during labor if exposed to an active infection. If the baby is effected it can either get meningitis or pneumonia which can be treated. Women with a history of herpes should take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily from 35 weeks till labor to prevent an outbreak & the need for a c section. Read more...
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...

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...

Does having genital herpes have any effect on a woman's ability to have and maintain a pregnancy?

No. No, but if there are active lesions present at the time of delivery a cesarean delivery might be recommended to prevent transmission to the baby. Read more...
Pregnancy and herpes. Although a risk still remains of losing the baby while contracting herpes iinfection in utero, many women have had normal pregnancies and healthy babies. A cesarean section is often scheduled for delivery if there are active lesions. Read more...

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...

What are the chances of a pregnant woman with genital herpes passing the virus on to newborn if she does not have symptoms? Should she be worried?

Herpes. Moms who have a history of genital herpes are generally given a c section to avoid the newborn being exposed to any active lesions during the birth process. The likelihood of transmission this way is dramatically reduced. Many women with genital herpes are monitored throughout their pregnancies and the fetuses are protected from active outbreaks. Read more...
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...