Herpes virus infection (HSV 1 and 2) in women who are pregnant is a risk for the fetus, but the greater the risk of infection varies according to the status of the mother.
At first the newly pregnant women suffering from herpes infection, the risk of transmission to the fetus reaches 50%.
In pregnant women who had previously been exposed to one type of HSV infection (eg 1), and then exposed to infection during pregnancy other types of HSV for the first time (for example 2), the risk of transmission to the fetus reaches 33%.
In pregnant women who have been previously exposed to HSV infection (same type), then relapsed when pregnant, or has a condition where her mother can transmit the virus without having symptoms in her (asymptomatic shedding), the risk is much smaller, 0-4%.
Above is the infection risk that occurs when a fetus in the womb. There are also other risks, ie, normal childbirth, when the baby is born infected, the risk of very large babies can be infected with the virus; as well as after birth, if the baby is in contact with infected parents or caregivers who are infected. In these two states, health problems arising in infants tend to be much lighter than if the infection occurs during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.
By the time the mother exposed to herpes, from the history of previous herpes infection, in the mother's body is essentially already formed antibodies which also will help protect the baby, so the risk of transmission is likely to be very small, about 0-4%. However, we strongly advocate for the mother immediately consult a gynecologist who used to deal, to monitor the condition of the possibility of infection and whether or not she was pregnant while taking antiviral medications (antiviral drugs such as acyclovir proved to be quite safe for use by pregnant women) to relieve the infection and speed healing .
Consumption of foods high in protein, vitamins and minerals, is also expected to help improve the performance of the immune system so that healing is expected to take place more quickly.
Once we know the risks, you do not panic and quickly treat the herpes. May the fetus and the pregnant mother can be equally healthy always.
Thus this article, my great expectations of this article can be helpful. Especially for women who are pregnant should maintain health and when exposed to herpes should be treated immediately and consult with your obstetrician. Thank You