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Herpes During Pregnancy

What does herpes mean for your pregnancy and baby?

Herpes During Pregnancy

What does herpes mean for your pregnancy and baby?

Dr Zenon Andreou

"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 Zenon Andreou

Dr Zenon Andreou

"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 Zenon Andreou

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 you're 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. 

Last reviewed: 16-04-2020 by Dr Simran Deo