Herpes and Pregnancy
There are two types of herpes, and only one of them is common during pregnancy – the genital herpes. This condition refers to the appearance of sores and blisters in a woman’s vagina. If this condition is present during the time of your delivery, your baby can possibly acquire the infection.
Antiviral drugs are available today, which individuals with herpes can use to treat their condition. Pregnant women can use them to ensure safety during pregnancy.
Consider the following list of symptoms that pregnant women with the condition can expect during their pregnancy.
- Itchiness on the vagina
- Fever or chills
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Painful blisters
- Muscle pain
- Skin lesions
If any of these signs of illnesses are active during delivery, there is a high possibility of infection spread. In such cases, a Cesarean section is a recommended for women with the condition.
How is the condition diagnosed?
There are two options available to know your status. The first option is through a viral culture. It is a laboratory technique where a tissue or fluid samples from your genitals will be used for testing. The second option is a blood test, to check the presence of the virus.
Your doctor will ask you to undergo either of these tests if you’re involved in sexual activities with someone who has the infection. If you are showing symptoms of this infection, you will also have to undergo these tests.
What about the risk?
If you have an impaired immune system, you have a high chance of getting the infection during your pregnancy. Additionally, engaging in unsafe sexual activities increases the risks of developing genital herpes is high.
Transmission of infection is high if an outbreak happens during your delivery. Your doctor will prescribe you an antiviral drug to ensure that this does not occur. Some of these antiviral drugs are Acyclovir, Famciclovir, and Valacyclovir. These drugs are highly capable of suppressing HSV and preventing episodes of outbreaks.
If symptoms are active while on labor, a cesarean section may be an option to stop the transmission. However, normal delivery is possible if symptoms are absent.
By following your medication with antiviral drugs, you can lower your baby’s risk of getting infected. Please discuss with your healthcare professional about your condition. By preventing the spread of infection, you are saving yourself and your baby’s health and future.