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Valtrex and planning for a baby...

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SAS29

Hi everyone!

I am new to this site & I just found out I have herpes (today actually:(). My doctor prescribed me Valtrex; my husband and myself we're planning on trying for baby #2 - will Valtrex mess with my menstrual cycle or reproductive system in any way? Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

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sweetheart87

I would go talk to you doctor about this. I know that if you are trying to have a baby...you shouldn't be talking anything (don't quote me) but i know that if you are pregnant and about to deliever and have an ob they will take the baby c-section. there is more information on your left had side for about pregnacy and babies and all the kind of stuff. hope you figure everything out!

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Pipedream

valtrex and planning for a baby

Hey SAS29

Valtrex hasnt seemed to have affected the timing of my menstrual cycle. Maybe some dysmenorrhea, but nothing to major. I know that most physicians prescribe valtrex during the third trimester of pregnancy. Valtrex is a schedule b pregnancy drug so there is little or no known harm to the fetus. Be interesting to know if anyone has taken the valtrex for all 3 trimesters. I'm trying to have a baby also, but dont want to be without the valtrex.

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SpaceGoat

I'm almost 20 weeks pregnant and just found out I have HSV-2. The doctor said it was no big deal. Literally he was like "you've probably had it for a long time. It is very common" and gave me a 6 month Valtrex prescription before I got the test results even.

I found out I've actually had it for at least 5 years, but so long as you don't catch it during pregnancy (either first or last trimester I believe) or have an outbreak during delivery if you have vaginal births (I've always had c-sections) I think it's okay.

Go to your OB/GYN for a pre-pregnancy check up and talk about it with your doctor. I always do just to be certain he thinks I'm good to go.

Look on the right hand side under "Life and Love" then "Having Children"... the information you need is there.

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ObviouslyConfused

They'll put you on Valtrex at approx 32 weeks until your due date (or until the baby is born) to avoid having an OB at the time of delivery. As far as when you're trying to conceive, you can opt to just take Valtrex during active OB's. Just avoid intercourse if you're having any symptoms. Having HSV / OB's during pregnancy is no biggy. They'll put you on Valtrex if need be (for OB's), then like I said they'll put you on it around 32 weeks as a precaution. At the time of delivery they'll check your vaginal area for lesions / sores / etc, and as long as they don't see anything you can delivery normally. If they find something, a c-section is easy enough, but the Valtrex will usually keep you pretty safe from OB's (Not completely, but from what I understand it works for most people). I'm due to have our 4th baby before next Thursday (the 1st), and have had no complications from the HSV.

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