Originally Posted by KB65534
Why would it matter when you contracted it? At this point, you've found out that you have it, and its good that you now know this. Whether you contracted it last week, last month, or last year will make no difference to you or your baby. The only thing that does matter is that you have it, so it makes sense to take anti-viral medication and to consider a C-Section. Otherwise, get over it. Chances are good that its not going to harm your baby, and all you can do is take reasonable precautions. Stressing and worrying will not accomplish anything.
I agree that stress does not help, but depending on when a woman contracts it during her pregnancy is important to know.
A woman who contracts herpes before pregnancy passes herpes antibodies on to her fetus, which protects it from contracting the virus. The child loses these antibodies post partem.
Infants are more at risk of contracting the virus during later stages of pregnancy, particularly the last trimester, because the motherís body does not have time to produce antibodies.
I guess its important to woman that would like to have a natural birth or I mean being pregnant and wanting to protect your child is always going to be a concern.
I am sure when she talks to her Dr they will be able to help her out more