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If I have frequent genital herpes while pregnant will it affect my baby?

Yes possible. if you have acute eruption , you should talk to your OB doctor , for possible C section option. Read more...

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

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. 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...

I have genital herpes type 2, so if I get pregnant would my baby automatically have it?

No. No, your baby will not automatically have herpes. It is more likely for your baby to become infected if you have an active lesion/ outbreak at the time of delivery. In this case, your doctor will recommend c-section for delivery. To prevent outbreaks close to time for delivery, you should take an antiviral in the 3rd trimester. Read more...

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...

Is it harder to get pregnant if you have been diagnosed with genital herpes?

No. You just need to take extra precautions during the pregnancy to limit the potential risk of the fetus becoming infected- especially during birth. Oftentimes your OB will prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) during the last 4 weeks of pregnancy and watch for any genital lesions that might cause an infection to the delivering baby. Herpes is very very common among women. Not to worry. Read more...

Can you get genital herpes from just getting pregnant.? Even if you have had no history of herpes in ur life?

No. No. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease which you contracted from one of your sexual partners. It is not caused by the pregnancy itself. Read more...
FROM CONTACT WITH IT. You can contract herpes at any time if you are with a partner with herpes and it is in an active state. It is not the pregnancy it is the sexual contact that gave the herpes. Must tell ob/gyn as it may necessitate a c section to avoid giving to the baby during birth. Read more...

Is there a blood test which tests for genital herpes? I'm pregnant and need to know.

May be. A blood test will reveal if you have been exposed to the virus but will not tell if you have active genital infection. Examination by a gynecologist and examination of the cells/tissues may be needed for a definitive diagnosis. Read more...