Didn T Know I Had Herpes While Pregnant

How can I manage herpes during pregnancy?

There is no evidence to suggest pregnancy causes flare-ups. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says 75% of pregnant women who have herpes, however, can expect to have an outbreak during pregnancy

You should keep an eye out during pregnancy for signs that the virus is starting to act up, such as tingling, itching, or burning where the sore will eventually appear.

Your doctor may recommend an antiviral drug like acyclovir (Valtrex) if you have a history of herpes or if a blood test results in a positive result in order to lessen your risk of contracting the virus or experiencing an outbreak around the time of delivery.

If you are at risk for preterm birth, we typically advise starting an antiviral at 36 weeks or earlier. The antiviral medications are safe during pregnancy. In fact, if necessary, we can administer the same medications to your child.

Will I need a C-section if I have herpes?

A cesarean (C-section) can’t completely prevent herpes transmission. But avoiding contact with the vagina and labia greatly reduces the risk to your unborn child if you have a lesion or report common symptoms.

We’ll carefully check you for genital lesions after you give birth. If we see something suspicious, we will recommend a C-section.

A vaginal delivery may be safe if you have no symptoms and no genital sores. Sometimes other areas, like the legs or back, can develop lesions. If so, we’ll cover them to prevent the baby from coming into contact with them.

Infection before or at the beginning of pregnancy

Rarely do women who contract herpes prior to becoming pregnant or during the first three months of pregnancy infect their unborn child with it. One large study discovered that 1 in 100 babies contracted an infection while giving birth.

Women who are expecting should discuss their genital herpes with their doctor. Then, just prior to delivery, he or she can examine the skin for any indications of an infection. Additionally, it’s crucial to inform the physician if any early indications of an outbreak, such as tingling in the genital region, occur around the time of delivery. There is no reason the woman shouldn’t give birth naturally if there are no indications of an outbreak. She is typically advised to have a cesarean section if there are. This greatly lowers the risk of infecting the baby.

According to estimates, 13 out of 100 pregnant women with genital herpes experience an outbreak around the time of delivery. Antiviral medication taken daily from 35 weeks of pregnancy until delivery can reduce the risk of this occurring as a preventive measure. Additionally, this increases the likelihood that the mother will be able to give birth naturally. Research has found that Cesarean sections were carried out in.

  • 13 out of 100 people who didn’t have preventive treatment with antiviral medication, compared to
  • only 4 out of 100 women who did have preventive antiviral treatment.
  • Because doctors have the most experience with it, the drug aciclovir is typically used for this purpose. Studies haven’t found any evidence that it harms the baby.

    To prevent an outbreak of herpes, women are free to make their own decisions. For example, some don’t want to take any medication while they are pregnant. Others would really like to give birth naturally if possible. And some have faith that everything will work out even in the absence of preventative care.

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