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Will your baby be born with birth defects if you have genital herpes?
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Birth defects
Genital herpes can be passed to the newborn as the child passes through the birth canal.
Currently we are starting Valtrex (valacyclovir) on women who have a history of genital herpes in the third trimester decreasing their risk of passing the virus to their baby. A woman with active genital herpes during labor is delivered by cesarean section.

In brief: Birth defects
Genital herpes can be passed to the newborn as the child passes through the birth canal.
Currently we are starting Valtrex (valacyclovir) on women who have a history of genital herpes in the third trimester decreasing their risk of passing the virus to their baby. A woman with active genital herpes during labor is delivered by cesarean section.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
The likely outcome will depend on the situation.
If you are having your first outbreak near the time of delivery, the kid may get herpes encephalitis and die. If you have occasional outbreaks, and get pregnant, there is about 4% risk of transmission to the newborn during regular delivery, (same outcome). Suppressing outbreaks with meds/c-section delivery protect baby.

In brief: No
The likely outcome will depend on the situation.
If you are having your first outbreak near the time of delivery, the kid may get herpes encephalitis and die. If you have occasional outbreaks, and get pregnant, there is about 4% risk of transmission to the newborn during regular delivery, (same outcome). Suppressing outbreaks with meds/c-section delivery protect baby.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Yashica Robinson White
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Genital herpes does not cause birth defects.
It is important to understand that it is not recommended for a woman to have a vaginal delivery if she has active lesions (an outbreak) when it is time to deliver. This reduces the risk of neonatal (newborn) infections.

In brief: No
Genital herpes does not cause birth defects.
It is important to understand that it is not recommended for a woman to have a vaginal delivery if she has active lesions (an outbreak) when it is time to deliver. This reduces the risk of neonatal (newborn) infections.
Dr. Yashica Robinson White
Dr. Yashica Robinson White
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