Will your baby be born with birth defects if you have genital herpes?

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.
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.
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.

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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?

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...
Mild increased risk. Genital herpes is of major concern when a primary infection develops immediately before/during/after labor. In those rare cases, vertical transmission of the pathogenic virus to the neonate can occur with vaginal delivery via the infected birth canal - but birth defects are not anticipated (only if first trimester transplacental infection). In chronic carriers, the risk of transmission is very low. Read more...

Can genital herpes pass on to baby by birth?

Yes. If you have an genital outbreak and deliver vaginally, yes you can pass it to baby. Best prevention is to take Valtrex (valacyclovir) 500 mg once daily in the last month of preg. U can also pass oral herpes to baby if you have a lesion and contact the baby's skin. Read more...
May not protect. Maternal genital herpes is a problem.Periodic flares can result in viral sheading and if this happens during delivery the virus can pass to the newborn.A neonatal encephalitis may occur within weeks with devistating consequences.Some will plan a c-section delivery prior to labor to avoid this possibility.A thorough discussion of the issue with the OB is worth having. Read more...

Can genital herpes be passed at birth to a baby?

Yes. If there is active shedding of the virus in the vaginal area then infection can be transmitted during delivery. However, washing of the baby immediately after delivery can help reduce the risks. Read more...
Yes. The greatest risk is for babies born during an initial outbreak, with as many as 30% acquiring a serious infection.(deadly) If identified in early labor, c-section delivery can avoid passing the illness.In women with recurrent outbreaks, active or inactive,about 4% of newborns will pick up the disease during vaginal delivery. . Read more...

I've had 1 csection almost 4 years ago. I think I have genital herpes. Can I have vaginal birth without baby getting it or stick to csection?

Yes. The issue is how to handle the herpes. Can be useful to go on preventative therapy in pregnancy. Very important to have an exam near delivery to make sure there are no active lesions. But most women are able to have a vaginal birth in this case from a herpes standpoint. 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...

Can someone gets genital herpes w/o any sort of sexual activity? I know it can happen from birth, but how about toilets and towels?

Not from toilets. "You will not get herpes from toilet seats, bedding, or swimming pools, or from touching objects around you such as silverware, soap, or towels." REF: https://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes.htm It can be spread through saliva or skin contact with or without obvious lesions. Read more...