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I have recently been diagnosed with H 2, and my long term boyfriend ended up breaking up wth me because he read somewhere that it can cause serious complications in pregnancy (not for the mother but the baby). So not only am I feeling completely alone and untouchable, but I am also devastated at the idea that my chances of having a child may be seriously affected. I have not been able to find out a lot on this topic, other than a risk exists, and not much can be done about it. I want to know if there is anyone out there that can tell me from personal experience about pregnancy and H. Losing hope.......

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Sorry you have been so long without a reply from anyone. This board has a forum called "Pregnancy and Herpes" or something similar where you can find a lot of posts about this topic. There is also quite a bit of info online about the risk of what is called "vertical transmission" of HSV during pregnancy - the passing of mom to baby.

I have HSV-1 genitally and am about 5 weeks from delivering my first baby. The risks are very small of me transmitting the virus even with a vaginal delivery, which I plan to have.

Yes, if a baby contracts herpes it can be tragic. But the risk is so low that even though it can be reduced by having a caesarian, doctors recommend delivering vaginally anyway. They often put you on daily acyclovir uppression therapy about a month prior to delivery as an extra measure of caution.

Look at it this way: 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 women has genital herpes. If the risk were high of transmitting this to infants during birth, imagine how many cases of neonatal herpes we'd hear of! But the cases are one in thousands of births. Among the reasons for this is the fact that the mother passes antibodies to the baby while in utero.

Now, this all assumes that the mother has had the virus a while - long enough to build up antibodies. If she has not, if she acquires herpes during the pregnancy, that is where the high risk lies. She can deliver a baby that acquires it during birth because it does not have antibodies, or she can pass the virus it to the baby in utero.

Hope this helps somewhat. Here's one of several good links that popped up when I googled "herpes during pregnancy":


Take care

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