Herpes in pregnancy - what are the risks?
If you are pregnant and know that you have genital herpes it is important that you let your doctor know. Most women who have herpes do not encounter any problems but there is a small risk that the virus is passed on to the baby during childbirth. Women who have the herpes virus have also been found to have a slightly higher risk of miscarriage during the first three months of pregnancy.
In newborn babies, the herpes virus can cause serious complications, especially if it affects inner organs such as the liver or the brain. If you have a herpes outbreak during your pregnancy you will be treated with antiviral medication to clear the sores before the birth.
If you have a herpes outbreak close to your due date you may be offered a cesarian section to protect your baby from getting infected.