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Can pregnant women pass genital herpes to their child?

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Although it's rare, pregnant women can pass on the herpes infection to their child. This can result in a serious and sometimes deadly infection in the baby. That's why taking steps to prevent an outbreak at time of delivery is recommended starting at 34 weeks into the pregnancy. If you have signs of an active viral infection when it's time to deliver, your doctor will likely recommend a cesarean section for delivery.

From: Common Symptoms of Genital Herpes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet."

AVERT: "Herpes: Symptoms, Treatment & Facts."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Genital Herpes: Symptoms."

Planned Parenthood: "Herpes."

Mayo Clinic: "Genital herpes: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 09, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet."

AVERT: "Herpes: Symptoms, Treatment & Facts."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Genital Herpes: Symptoms."

Planned Parenthood: "Herpes."

Mayo Clinic: "Genital herpes: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 09, 2018

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