Interesting about the vigorous touching. I'm not sure that I knew that (or maybe I did and have forgotten). There are so many things written about how very super duper extremely contagious the virus is - and I do believe that it is in the right circumstances. It's easy to get wrapped up (at least for me) in all of that and then start to get nervous about every little thing. So thanks everyone for the replies and the reassurance. Appreciate it. View Thread
Hi flylady - sorry I haven't gotten back to this reply sooner. Everything went really well. I took acyclovir at the end of my pregnancy and had no outbreak. I actually ended up with a c-section unfortunately because my little one just didn't want to come out (I pushed for 3 1/2 hours) and then vitals started going down, etc. Anyway, point being, it was fine. I could've easily had a vaginal birth if LO cooperated! My ob-gyn told me that in all of the years he's been practicing (he's older, so a lot), he's only had one patient that had an outbreak at delivery and had to have a c. And that was because she was trying to go totally natural, ie didn't want to take acyclovir/valtrex. To each their own of course, but it was important to me to not have drugs, epidural, etc, also, which I was able to do (until surgery), but I was JUST FINE with taking acyclovir. The benefit outweighed the risk in my opinion. And my baby is as perfect as can be. I haven't started taking meds again yet because i'm still breastfeeding (although they say it's fine). So back to being extra careful with sex. I have had a couple of outbreaks which then means LOTS of hand washing and being ultra careful around baby. It is very unfortunately a permanent bed partner as you say, but to be honest, the best we can do is deal with it emotionally, learn as much as we can, take the normal precautions, and then try not to always have it in your mind. It's enough to drive you insane. I do still think about it too much, so I understand what you mean. Another thing to keep in mind is the older you get, the less outbreaks that you tend to have. I'm not sure if that holds true with asymptomatic shedding, but not having full outbreaks does wonders for the emotional part of dealing with it. I wish we didn't have to go through this, but like I said before, there are so many of us that are going through it. So I know we will be ok. At least we know we have it. There are loads of people that have it and don't know and could be spreading it without knowing. And remember, we both had it without knowing for who knows how long so we were doing nothing about it, and our partners are still negative. Now we know and hopefully that will help us not spread it even more.And you've already had kids and you've been fine! Anyway, best of luck to you! Take good care.View Thread
Hi - yes, I definitely know how that feels. The responses I got from betsyo 1967 gave me some comfort, as well as the research I did and talking to my doctors. There is obviously a chance of passing it on to your partner, but it is much less if you're on meds and are careful not to have sex during an outbreak (or right before if you can help it). I personally have never had prodrome symptoms so I can never tell if it's coming on or not. Anyway, I actually did get pregnant! When I found out, I stopped taking acyclovir, but I will take it again closer to delivery date in hopes that I can have a vaginal delivery (although I of course worry about passing it on to baby, etc, but all in all, this seems to be a pretty low chance if you're not having a visible outbreak). Any signs of it and I will go straight for a c-section. I will say, however, that I have had a couple of (so far) pretty major outbreaks whilst pregnant. Apparently, your immune system is suppressed and/or busy doing other things so it's not paying any kind of attention to keeping outbreaks at bay. So I'm trying to be extra diligent in regards to having sex with my partner. He's still negative thank goodness. It is a difficult situation and it's a real shame we have to deal with it.There are a lot of us in the same boat, getting pregnant, having babies, having sex. I have to believe that we can have as normal of a life as possible despite having hsv. Best of luck to you!!!View Thread
Thanks so much for the reply! Yes, I had a lesion cultured. Do you know what the main/specific risks are to being on suppressive therapy while pregnant? I can't seem to find any info on that and my ob-gyn said she's have to research it more. You mention his risk is overall low even if the only precaution is no sex during symptoms. Is that because it's harder for a man to get it from a woman? From what I understand, hsv2 sheds quite often, and that's the part that makes me the most nervous. Thanks again.View Thread
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