Herpes & pregnancy?

Depends. Risk of transmission from mother to baby is highest if the mother is infected around the time of delivery (30-60%). A c-section can be performed to reduce exposure to the baby of mothers vaginal secretions. Acylovir is recommended to suppress herpes starting around 36 weeks. Vaginal birth is still recommended if there are no outbreaks when you are in labor.
Not big problem. By using valacyclovir or acyclovir, the number of c- sectiond due tomoutbreaks is low. If one has a primary infection during pregnancy there is a chance of fetal transmission. It is not so dangerous as to be routinely screened for in pregnancy. In fact if there was a lesion on your inner thigh, we used to just cover it with tape and deliver, you'll be fine, med after 35 wks if not yet on it.

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Herpes and pregnancy, could this affect?

Yes. It could. Depending on if it is your first infection, or recurrent disease, and if there is a genital lesion or not, the risks of the baby getting serious herpes infection vary. Therefore i recommend that you speak to your obstetrician at your earliest appointment. Do not delay until you start having labor. Read more...

What are the situations doctors test for herpes at pregnancy? Do they just test or do they need to see a breakout?

History or symptoms. If you think you had a lesion that is concerning for herpes, your doctor can check blood tests to see if you ever had exposure (cold sores etc) If you have an active lesion, they can send that for a culture as well. Read more...

I want to know if I can transmit herpes during pregnancy to my unborn child. I got it 2 years ago. And I am now 10 weeks pregnant?

Unlikely. But your obstetrician should be made aware of this now, and you should plan to be prepared to be delivered by c-section. Read more...
Yes, but. Herpes is most worrisome during 2 periods.A 1st infection during pregnancy could spread to baby and cause miscarriage or major infection. If the genital lesions return during the period before or during delivery, the virus can be acquired by baby & lead to blood poisoning on encephalitis. Even asymptomatic periods may shed virus & infect a vaginally delivered baby.Some chose c/s to avoid the risk. Read more...

How can I treat genital herpes during pregnancy?

Acyclovir. Acyclovir or valcyclovir are standard treatments. You should take them prophylactically during the last month of pregnancy to avoid getting an outbreak in labor. If you happen to have an outbreak while in labor, a c-section is recommended. Read more...
Valacyclovir. No treatment is needed unless you have an outbreak. During an outbreak your doctor can prescribe Acyclovir or valacyclovir (valtrex). At 36 weeks most doctors will start you on prophylactic treatment with daily medication to prevent an outbreak or viral shedding during delivery. If you have an outbreak at the time of a delivery a c section will be needed. Read more...
Antiviral medication. You may use the standard antiviral medications commonly used for herpes treatment while you are pregnant. If you have had frequent outbreaks you may use them prophylactically throughout pregnancy. If you do not have frequent outbreaks they are usually prescribed during the last month of pregnancy to avoid an outbreak at the time of delivery, to allow you to have the option of a vaginal delivery. Read more...
Antiviral medication. Treatment of active outbreaks is similar during pregnancy. The same antiviral medications are typically used to treat a current outbreak. In order to suppress outbreaks near delivery, a daily dose of antiviral medication may be prescribed. If there is an outbreak at the time of delivery, a c section will likely be recommended. Read more...

Could a child be born with herpes if the mother contracts herpes during pregnancy?

Yes. Infection can occur at any stage of pregnancy. The infection could transfer to baby immediately in the initial phase the infection and cause fetal damage or loss.If not passed during the initial phase, the germ can infect baby near the time of delivery.Baby can appear asymptomatic at birth and develop a devastating encephalitis in the first few weeks. Read more...

Can genital herpes affect pregnancy or getting pregnant in the future?

Yes and no. If a patient is known to have genital herpes then she is usually offered suppressive therapy at about 36 weeks to prevent transmission to the baby as it is born. If there is an outbreak at the time of delivery, then cesarean section is recommended. It is unlikely that it would effect future fertility. Read more...

Does vaginal herpes affect pregnancy Even if I do not have a breakout like sore?

Possible, unlikely. Herpes can be transmitted to a baby at the time of birth (neonatal herpes), but the highest risk is when a woman is first infected late in pregnancy. It's rare in those who have been infected more than a few months, especially if there is no outbreak when you go into labor. Tell your Ob your herpes history then follow his or her advice, but in the meantime don't worry. Read more...

Docs, could a child be born with herpes if the mother contracts herpes during pregnancy?

Yes. Infection can occur at any stage of pregnancy. The infection could transfer to baby immediately in the initial phase the infection and cause fetal damage or loss.If not passed during the initial phase, the germ can infect baby near the time of delivery.Baby can appear asymptomatic at birth and develop a devastating encephalitis in the first few weeks. Read more...

Is it routine to test for genital herpes during pregnancy before you deliver?

Depends. If you have a known history of herpes outbreaks or a possible exposure to herpes while pregnant, yes, it's important to test if you start having symptoms around time for delivery. If you've never been exposed or had the disease, then routine testing is often not necessary. Read more...