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Question: Herpes and pregnancy


 precilla - Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:37 pm

Hello, I am 33 and married. My husband and I have genital herpes and we want to have a child, how safe is it for me to have a child if the herpes is active?
also, what precautionary measures will i need to take during delivery?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Sep 30, 2008 11:38 am

User avatar Hello,
You can safely conceive and deliver a child with herpes. You need to be totally honest with your doctor about this. Treatment often reduces the outbreaks and if there are no active lesions at the time of delivery a vaginal delivery may be possible. If there is doubt or lesions are present the doctor will schedule a cesarean but either way you should be able to have a family. Be in touch with your doctor now as part of your pre-conception planning. Also, take a daily multiple vitamin containing at least 400 mcg of folate (folic acid). It is also wise to eat healthy food, exercise, try to lose any extra weight, stop smoking or other bad habits and use your seatbelt. All these things can contribute in a positive way to a healthy baby.

Best wishes and good luck.

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