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Is my baby only exposed to the herpes virus by passing through the birth canal, not while it is in the womb?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: No

The overwhelming majority of cases where herpes was passed from mom to baby happen at delivery as the baby passes through the birth canal and comes into contact with virus being shed from the vaginal tissue.
In rare cases though herpes can be passed during the pregnancy while still in the uterus. These are cases where the mom acquired her first exposure to herpes type 2 while pregnant.

In brief: No

The overwhelming majority of cases where herpes was passed from mom to baby happen at delivery as the baby passes through the birth canal and comes into contact with virus being shed from the vaginal tissue.
In rare cases though herpes can be passed during the pregnancy while still in the uterus. These are cases where the mom acquired her first exposure to herpes type 2 while pregnant.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Richard Godt
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Generally speaking, the baby will pick up the herpes virus on the way out of the birth canal and thus delivery should be by cesarean section if there are herpetic lesions present on the vulva at the time of labor.

In brief: Yes

Generally speaking, the baby will pick up the herpes virus on the way out of the birth canal and thus delivery should be by cesarean section if there are herpetic lesions present on the vulva at the time of labor.
Dr. Richard Godt
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