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Hello there I saw this forum and knew I had to join. I am 37 weeks pregnant, but am having a scheduled c-section in 12 days due to my frequent outbreaks, which I take lysine for(approved by my doc) but I am not too concerned about that because for the last 3 months I have been constantly breaking out due to my suppressed immune system I figure. But what I am really stressing out about is yesterday I started to get a cold sore break out. I only had 1 other cold sore break out before (like 2 yrs ago) and that lasted over 2 weeks. I am really stressed out because I am giving birth in less than 2 weeks and I want to be able to cuddle and kiss my first born, but I know I wont be able to with my current outbreak...any advice on what to do is greatly appreciated.

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Howdy Jv,

Congrats!! Isn't it so exciting?? I have 3 children all are healthy. I did have an ob roughly 4 weeks prior to delievering the last one and the dr said it was fine for me to deliver vaginally. I took Valtrex throughout my whole pregnancies starting at the 2nd trimester. Have you ever tried any medications or just lysine?

I don't really know what to tell you though about the cold sore. I don't get cold sores I only have it down there.. I would suggest that you talk with your dr (which I'm sure you will) about what precautions you will need to take. I know how hard it will be to not be able to kiss the little peanut but...I found breastfeeding to be even more fulfilling then a simple kiss ;) I loved nursing all my babies, heck I even tandem nursed. It is beautiful and SO beneficial to both of you. If I were to suggest one thing it would be that for so many reasons!

Good luck honey and let us know how you make out! And enjoy that babymoon...*hugs*

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Canadian Daisy do you normally do suppresive therapy with Valtrex while NOT pregnant or was it just for your pregnancies? Was wondering if being on it for a pregnancy my body would "depend" on it and start having ob's if I didn't continue with the daily Valtrex after having a baby.

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Hey Darkeyegirl,

I have done it both ways. I have gone on meds for years at a time and then cold turkey and nothing. Honestly speaking, meds really don't/didn't make THAT much of a difference for me, maybe just lessen it a bit. And when I was pregnant I DID have ob's with the Valtrex. For me, being pregnant was a very trying time and I had a lot going on with the other kids. So I suppose if I was a bit LESS stressed it would've worked a bit more..lol. But really, who am I trying to bs..being pregnant is a huge ball of stress on its own! My issues were the never ending bladde infections! Phew! I had to take Macrobid until I delivered too with my last two. I was worried more about that medication then Valtrex or having an ob! But all turned out very well and all 3 of them are perfect! Just cranky like Daddy... ;)

Some people react to meds while others (like myself) have no ill effects at all. I have taken Valtrex and Acyclovir with no issues. No "dependancy" at all. And when you deliver you stop taking them...if you want to nurse :) And being pregnant you will eat very healthy and take good care of yourself. So that in itself is great for your body. If you took the meds while pregnant and stopped afterwards, if you keep on with your healthy lifestyle you should be good to go..or better off then before. Make sense?

Hope that helps hon! Have a great day :)

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