Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

131 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

What precautions should be taken during childbirth when diagnosed with HSV1 infection?

Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Saul Weinreb

OBGYN

Practicing since :2000

Answered : 562 Questions

default
Posted on Sat, 4 Mar 2017 in Women's Health
Question: I got hsv1 gential about 8 or 9 years ago. Im currently pregnant. I just wanted to know what procedures i should take during labor and delivery.ive heard that the heart scalp monitor could be dangerous because it could transmit the virus. Im scared to give the virus to my baby. I know if i dont have an outbreak i can deliver vaginally but im scared about the whole shedding part. Should i just do a c section?
doctor
Answered by Dr. Saul Weinreb 29 minutes later
Brief Answer:
you do not need to be concerned as long as you are not having an outbreak

Detailed Answer:
thank you so much for your question. I will do my best to help you.

as long as you are not having an outbreak at the time of delivery, you do not need to be worried about transmission to the baby. you can also take anti viral medication like Valtrex to reduce the likelihood of transmission and reduce the likelihood of an outbreak. there is no clear evidence that a scalp electrode would be dangerous, however, you can certainly ask your doctor not to place an electrode if you are concerned.

remember that a c-section is a surgery and has slightly higher risk than a vaginal delivery. it is usually better to have a natural delivery whenever possible. if you are not having an outbreak, I would suggest that there is no reason not to have a vaginal delivery.

I hope this helps. please let me know if you have any more questions.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
doctor
premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Drug/Medication
Medical Procedures
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  HSV1

doctor1 MD

Hi Doctor.. my name is simith on 26th oct I had sex with my girlfriend. I was protected my comdom for most of the time. While I was down and the girl was up my condom went inside her.. I thik I was unprotected for 1 min or so . My girlfriend had 1...

doctor1 MD

Hi, I have severe anxiety when I think about the possibility of me spreading cold sores to my son. My husband and I both get them and our son is 2. Ever since having him, my anxiety has just been exasterbated. With that being said, I’ve been...

doctor1 MD

can somebody who has hsv1 give u herpes 2 or wpuld they have had to of cheat since the partners have different types ?