Now I'm 29 ,6 weeks pregnant with my first child, and I have my first herpes attack in years. My OB tests me, which is negative, and then lets me know I will be having a scheduled C-section within two weeks, even if I never have another outbreak. I didn't during the entire pregnancy. No other choice without a threat of infection to the baby.
I have the C-section and then wait in recovery for hours. St. Joseph hospital in Orange, CA can't decide where to put me; someone who has had the herpes virus within a year, and may be "shedding". Really? They finally put me in a private room on the surgical floor. Mark my door with bio-hazard signs, try to keep my baby down two floors in the nursery, ask all my visitors to wear gowns and gloves, and basically treat me like a leprosy patient form years ago.
One nurse told me I couldn't lay MY child on my chest, but to place a sheet between us. The birth registrar had me wear gloves to handle her pen while I signed the birth certificate. I didn't even have an active outbreak.
Since then I have had mile shingles twice, and treated with anti-viral medication. I seldom have outbreaks now.