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June 25th, 2012, 08:16 PM
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At my 38-week visit my doctor noticed I had a small sore on my vagina. She swabbed it and also gave me a blood test. She gave me some acyclovir to take while we waited the test results. My sore was gone when the test results came back two days later. The lab results came back, it said that I had HSV-1, just on my genitals. The blood test showed that I had gotten it recently because I didn't have many antibodies.

Now she says I need a c-section because the baby hasn't had enough time to build up antibodies. But I don't have any sores now, and I only had the one sore for two days. I really, really don't want a c-section. I had planned to do things as naturally as possible. I'm really sad about it... and I don't know how to talk to people that are asking questions about why I'm having a c-section. I feel embarrassed and disappointed.

Do I really have to have a c-section? I still want to do things naturally. But is that selfish? Now I just feel guilty. Has anyone else been through this?

Today is Monday. My c-section is scheduled for Friday. My due date is next Monday.
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June 26th, 2012, 11:04 PM
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My oldest contracted HSV-1 about 1 week after she was born. We were still in the hospital due to some complications with me. She contracted it through a small abrasion on her head (from the internal monitor). It is believed she got it from someone who possibly had a cold sore that visited her. It was pretty serious with her. As soon as I noticed the lesions popping up on her head I called the nurse and within an hour they had called for an ambulance to transport her to a higher level NICU where she stayed for 3 weeks. She had to have her head shaved so they could insert iv's into her scalp for the Acyclovir. The virus has gotten into her bloodstream and into her eyes. At one point I was told she may not survive. She will be 10 years old in a few days and has no issues expect she gets cold sores occasionally, but it could have gone the other way too.

I don't think you are selfish for wanting to have a natural birth, but I would not wish my dd's experience on anyone. I would say the c-section would be worth it (I've had 3). As for dealing with people having questions, I would just say you have a virus that would be dangerous to the baby if he/she were exposed to it.

I'll keep you and your little one in my thoughts and prayers. I know how scary it must be.
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July 17th, 2012, 10:22 PM
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My oldest contracted HSV-1 about 1 week after she was born. We were still in the hospital due to some complications with me. She contracted it through a small abrasion on her head (from the internal monitor). It is believed she got it from someone who possibly had a cold sore that visited her. It was pretty serious with her. As soon as I noticed the lesions popping up on her head I called the nurse and within an hour they had called for an ambulance to transport her to a higher level NICU where she stayed for 3 weeks. She had to have her head shaved so they could insert iv's into her scalp for the Acyclovir. The virus has gotten into her bloodstream and into her eyes. At one point I was told she may not survive. She will be 10 years old in a few days and has no issues expect she gets cold sores occasionally, but it could have gone the other way too.

I don't think you are selfish for wanting to have a natural birth, but I would not wish my dd's experience on anyone. I would say the c-section would be worth it (I've had 3). As for dealing with people having questions, I would just say you have a virus that would be dangerous to the baby if he/she were exposed to it.

I'll keep you and your little one in my thoughts and prayers. I know how scary it must be.

What an awful situation but I'm glad she is ok.

I really think it's important to remember that the goal of birth is a healthy baby and a healthy mom. I'm agree that you should have a say in how your baby is born but I don't think this would be a risk I would be willing to take.
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