While still have the herpes outbreak prompted me to go mainly to the doctor would be less likely to occur again if it was HSV-1. Exposure to active herpes lesions can be fatal to a newborn. However, herpes can be transmitted to the baby during birth even if the mother has no symptoms. Wounds are first resemble small irritations or bumps, but then in aqueous bubbles in the clitoris, the outer lips of the vagina, the vaginal opening and sometimes in the anus, thighs and buttocks develop. I’m afraid this will affect my next birth and I’ll have another cesarean. If the mother has an active genital herpes infection at the time of delivery, the baby is more likely to become infected during childbirth. If you have a cold sore and kiss someone, you can transfer the virus from your mouth to your partner’s.

Interestingly, only 2.6 of adults reported that they have had genital herpes. Herpes transmission from an infected with herpes simplex type II before pregnancy for a newborn mother is extremely rare and only occurs when visible lesions at the time of delivery. The two strains of the herpes simplex virus cause both cold sores and genital herpes. thanks I took a viral suppressant (Valtrex?) for the last month of my pregnancy, had no side effects, suffered no outbreaks, and delivered a happy, healthy baby. Call your doctor right away if you have any other allergies. A negative culture is reassuring. After therapy has begun, the viral load is tested once per month until the virus is no longer detectable in the blood.


The risk of infection is higher in periods of outbreak when visible wounds and injuries. In fact, I wouldn’t want to risk it myself. When a mother has lesions at the time of delivery, the risk of having a baby with disseminated infection ranges from 5 to 25 (Monif & Hardt, 1984; Whittaker & Cho, 1991; McIntosh & Isaacs, 1992). In utero (congenital, antepartum) HSV transmission, on the other hand, presents as a distinct clinical entity characterized by the triad of cutaneous findings (active lesions, scarring, aplasia cutis, hyper- or hypopigmentation), neurologic manifestations (microcephaly, intracranial calcifications, hydranencephaly), and eye findings (chorioretinitis, microphthalmia, optic atrophy) present at birth. Other factors associated with increased risk of mother-to-child HSV transmission include detection of HSV-1 or HSV-2 from the cervix or external genitalia via viral culture or polymerase chain reaction (PCR), duration of rupture of membranes, disruption of the neonate’s cutaneous barrier by the use of a fetal scalp electrode or other invasive instrumentation, and vaginal delivery [18]. VZV is most often transmitted to the fetus transplacentally; however, ascending infection from lesions in the birth canal has been reported. Social Health Association (ASHA), but only 5 to 10 percent have had active outbreaks of blisters or sores around their vagina and buttocks.

C-section is not indicated in women with a history of HSV without active lesions or symptoms at the time of labor, C-section is not indicated for nongenital lesions (if there is a lesion on the thigh or buttock in can just be covered with a bandage.) Bottom line: Many of us have herpes. Health care providers then counseled them about genital herpes with the same standardized script described above (the appendix). Skin on or near the sex organ becomes inflamed. If not, a blood test can also help diagnose genital herpes. That is why women should get all the information they can about their options and discuss them in detail with their doctors. Studies reveal that it damages the DNA bonds of the virus, but allows the surrounding cells to stay healthy. On admission, a physical examination revealed a mottled, but in no acute distress neonate with hypothermia, tachypnea, and hypoxia.

This helps prevent an outbreak at the time of delivery. After this initial outbreak, future outbreaks, which may come a couple of times a year, are less severe. In this type, the herpes virus can affect many parts of the body. Treatment is most effective when started with the first outbreak. And if I catch the herpes early in pregnancy? Infants born to mothers who have a first episode of genital HSV infection near term and are shedding virus at delivery are at much greater risk of developing neonatal herpes than are infants whose mothers have recurrent genital herpes (Fig 1). We hypothesized that if HS levels decrease during the later stages of infection, any exogenous virions added to already infected cells should demonstrate a loss of binding to the surface.

For women with a history of genital herpes before pregnancy, the risk of transmission is low. But you can pass herpes to your baby any time you have an active infection. It is often recommended that a cesarean should be offered to women with active lesions to reduce the risk of transmission to the baby.