What Happens If You Have A Herpes Outbreak During Pregnancy?

What happens if you have a herpes outbreak during your pregnany? I am 26 weeks pregnant and had an outbreak. I had my first outbreak a couple months before I became pregnant. Is there any risks in getting an outbreak during pregnancy? And is it ok to take valtrex? My doctor told me to take 3 grams a day. Just looking for other people’s experience on this.

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5 thoughts on “What Happens If You Have A Herpes Outbreak During Pregnancy?

  • January 19, 2010 at 2:57 am

    it is fine to have an outbreak during pregnancy as long as you dont have one within a month of giving birth. then its too risky to pass on to the baby. you say that you husband has oral herpes and you have the “other” kind. you really probably both have the same strain, but oral herpes can pass to the genitals through oral sex and genital can pass to oral. but really, the strains are different. you likely have the same strain that your husband has on his month, just in a different area. that is a good thing, it is a milder strain and your outbreaks will occur less often and come even less often and be more mild as time passes.

  • January 19, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Yes, you can take valtrex during pregnancy. Have your obgyn give you a prescription however because they will know the right dosage. Also, when you are about 37 weeks pregnant you will want to start taking Valtrex daily to prevent an outbreak. Having an outbreak during Labor and Delivery can lead to severe problems in the newborn so its best to start taking the pills a few weeks before you give birth. If you suspect you have an outbreak when you are in labor speak up, you will need a c-section.

  • January 19, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Well, I don’t have any personal experience with this but I have read that as long as you did not contract the virus while you are pregnant, the child should be fine. I’m assuming you are referring to genital herpes and not oral?
    If you are experiencing an outbreak when you deliver, they may advise a c-section to prevent the spread of the disease to the child. I’m not sure if they would want you to use valtrex during pregnancy. That’s a Q for the Dr.
    Best to abstain from sex, I would imagine, to prevent the spread to your partner, unless he was the dear person who gave it to you in the first place!

  • January 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    During the last 20 years, the management of pregnant women with herpes has gone through several changes. A trial period lasting a decade during which c-section was used liberally to prevent transmission of the virus to the baby did nothing to reduce the risk. It is fairly clear that almost all of the very worst newborn infections occur in women with primary infections with virus in the bloodstream which is transmitted across the placenta. Rarely is a newborn infected by contact with a recurrent lesion during birth, although this clearly happens occasionally.
    Valtrex is not harmful during your pregnancy.
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  • January 19, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I’m not sure because I dont have herpes..BUT I do know this:
    Women who have genital herpes are usually told they have to give birth by C-cection..why? Because the STD can spread to the baby’s eyes and everything else in some cases..some women have given birth naturally, but most doctors advise that you get a C-cection..to protect the baby from catching it from you.
    I hope your doctor does know, that way he can give you the best advice.


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