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Could genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?
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Dr. Brian Enggano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Genital herpes can be problematic for pregnant women because of the possibility of vertical transmission during vaginal delivery.
This is why women with vaginal herpes outbreaks require c-sections, and suppressive therapy around the time of delivery is used to prevent outbreaks. Neonatal herpes can lead to infection to the baby's skin, eyes, mouth, or central nervous system.

In brief: Yes
Genital herpes can be problematic for pregnant women because of the possibility of vertical transmission during vaginal delivery.
This is why women with vaginal herpes outbreaks require c-sections, and suppressive therapy around the time of delivery is used to prevent outbreaks. Neonatal herpes can lead to infection to the baby's skin, eyes, mouth, or central nervous system.
Dr. Brian Enggano
Dr. Brian Enggano
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Dr. Richard Chudacoff
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
If it is the first outbreak then there is a risk to the fetus, regardless of the type of delivery.
A congenital infection can have devastating effects including mental retardation and blindness. Any woman who is suspected of herpes in pregnancy should be treated with antiviral medication and have a c-section. Women who have know history of herpes should be treated medically starting at 36 weeks.

In brief: Yes
If it is the first outbreak then there is a risk to the fetus, regardless of the type of delivery.
A congenital infection can have devastating effects including mental retardation and blindness. Any woman who is suspected of herpes in pregnancy should be treated with antiviral medication and have a c-section. Women who have know history of herpes should be treated medically starting at 36 weeks.
Dr. Richard Chudacoff
Dr. Richard Chudacoff
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