One of my biggest platforms has been the herpes testing of women prior to giving birth. Pregnancy doesn’t have to be scary or dangerous, if the mother is fully aware of her herpes status and if proper testing is done. If a woman is having an active outbreak, a C-Section can be done and greatly minimize the risk to the unborn child.
Digital Journal has this article discussing the dangers and remedies of herpes and pregnancy…
Women with an asymptomatic genital herpes infection (an infection with no symptoms) can unknowingly pass HSV to their unborn children in the womb. HSV-2 can also infect babies if mothers give birth vaginally. However, most mothers with asymptomatic genital herpes don’t even know they are infected. WebMD says that “The vast majority — between 75% and 90% – don’t know they are infected because they don’t get, or don’t notice, herpes sores on their genitals.” (See WebMD, published April 12, 2011) (2) Moreover, “nearly all the time, these people had no obvious sign of herpes infection while they were actively shedding virus.” (2) The CBCD urges expectant mothers to get tested for genital herpes (HSV-2) whether they have symptoms or not. This is important since, as Dr. Michelle Williams wrote, “Genital HSV infection occurring during early pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of spontaneous abortion, intrauterine growth restriction, preterm labor and congenital herpes.” (See Patient.co.uk, from October 16, 2012) (3) Dr. Williams works for the Hurley Group Primary Care Centres in London. In addition to getting tested for genital herpes, the CBCD recommends that infected women take Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR to help the immune system target the latent HSV-2. However, they should stop taking it before getting pregnant, and start taking again after delivering the baby.
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