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true10
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Jul-01-11, 07:45 AM (CST)
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"14 weeks pregnant and worrying"
 
   Hey All,
I would really appreciate some positive feedback on members who have herpes and have delivered healthy babies. I am 14 weeks pregnant, and have been worrying A LOT about transmitting herpes to my baby during delivery. My obgyn says... no big deal! not to worry! baby will be fine!..... Its amazing to me how the doctors think herpes is really no big deal, when to me it is/was/and continues to be devestating to me. I try not to think about it and sometimes i even forget I have it because I dont think ive ever even had an outbreak! Im just so terrified that im going to pass it on to my baby. I asked her if we could do a C section and she said its not necessary!..... can anyone post their experiences for me? Thanks so much


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true10
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Jul-01-11, 09:53 AM (CST)
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1. "RE: 14 weeks pregnant and worrying"
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   I guess no one is up and on here this morning.... I hope that i get some replies as I am in some real need for comfort.....


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Rajahadmin
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Jul-01-11, 12:50 PM (CST)
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Your ObGyn is right. I know several women who have had normal vaginal deliveries in spite of having genital herpes. Here's the deal..

One important factor is that you already have it and have had time to develop an immune response to the virus so you have the antibodies to protect yourself against a new infection in a different location. Those same antibodies pass through the placenta and protect your baby during delivery.

The other factor is that your ObGyn is aware of your herpes infection and will most likely prescribe suppressive antivirals as you approach delivery time so as to suppress any potential outbreaks. If there should happen to be an OB, then the ObGyn can do a C-section if necessary.

There are thousands of women with genital herpes who deliver healthy happy babies on a daily basis. You will, too.

Please let us know any time we can help.

"Do the Right Thing. It will gratify some people and astound the rest." - Paraphrased from Mark Twain


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graceadmin
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Jul-01-11, 01:00 PM (CST)
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3. "RE: Hi, I'm here to help."
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Lots of positive posts here in the pregnancy forum read through them to see real people who have had healthy babies


The risk of transmission to baby is less than 1% since you've had herpes prior to becoming pregnant. The only reason for a C section would be if you have a recurrence the week you are due or one when you go into labor.

You can take daily suppressive therapy during the last month of pregnancy to help reduce the odds of having an ob near the time of delivery so you don't need to have a C section.

grace

The first step in stopping the perceived stigma about genital herpes - is to stop believing in it yourself


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