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Can herpes cause baby problems?
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
In brief: Herpes and pregnancy
A mother can infect her baby during delivery, often fatally.
But if a woman had genital herpes before getting pregnant, or if she is first infected early in pregnancy, the chance that her baby will be infected is very low -- less than 1%. Women with genital herpes are examined carefully for any symptoms before giving birth. If sores or signs that an outbreak is coming a c-section is done.

In brief: Herpes and pregnancy
A mother can infect her baby during delivery, often fatally.
But if a woman had genital herpes before getting pregnant, or if she is first infected early in pregnancy, the chance that her baby will be infected is very low -- less than 1%. Women with genital herpes are examined carefully for any symptoms before giving birth. If sores or signs that an outbreak is coming a c-section is done.
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