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What are the chances of passing herpes simplex to your baby?

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The greatest risk to your baby is if you get your first outbreak of herpes while you’re pregnant. That’s because during your first outbreak, you shed more particles of the virus and for a longer period of time. Your body has fewer antibodies to fight the virus than it will during future outbreaks.

If you’re pregnant and get herpes later in your pregnancy, the chances of passing it on to your baby could be higher. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. If you have an active outbreak when it’s time to deliver your baby, it may be best for you to have a C-section, and you may need to take other precautions.

From: What Is TORCH Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Boston Children’s Hospital: “TORCH in Children,” “Cytomegalovirus,” “Toxoplasmosis,” “Cold Sores,” “Congenital Rubella,” “Congenital Varicella,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in Children.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: TORCH Syndrome.

AIDS.gov: “Pregnancy & Childbirth.”

CDC: “Parvovirus B19 and Fifth Disease,” “Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Congenital CMV Infection.”

National CMV Foundation: “CMV Prevention and Healthy Pregnancy Tips.”

World Health Organization: “Herpes simplex virus”

American Sexual Health Association: “Herpes & Pregnancy.”

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 09, 2018

SOURCES: Boston Children’s Hospital: “TORCH in Children,” “Cytomegalovirus,” “Toxoplasmosis,” “Cold Sores,” “Congenital Rubella,” “Congenital Varicella,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in Children.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: TORCH Syndrome.

AIDS.gov: “Pregnancy & Childbirth.”

CDC: “Parvovirus B19 and Fifth Disease,” “Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Congenital CMV Infection.”

National CMV Foundation: “CMV Prevention and Healthy Pregnancy Tips.”

World Health Organization: “Herpes simplex virus”

American Sexual Health Association: “Herpes & Pregnancy.”

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 09, 2018

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