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What does herpes mean for your pregnancy and baby?

Dr Louisa Draper

"If you have already experienced a genital herpes attack before you got pregnant, you will have developed antibodies to the herpes virus. Therefore, the risk to your unborn baby is very low as these antibodies will protect your baby from the virus."

Dr Louisa Draper

Women who experience genital herpes during pregnancy generally have normal births and healthy babies. However, there is a small risk of complications if you have herpes while pregnant. The risk depends on what stage of pregnancy you are at and whether you have had attacks of genital herpes before.  

Your midwife, GP, local genitourinary medicine (GUM) or sexual health clinic can give you advice if you are pregnant and think you may have genital herpes.