reducing HERPES risks

If you have a primary outbreak of herpes in pregnancy, we may need to terminate care.

What is it?

Herpes is a virus that when active, creates blisters and pustules on the skin. It is spread by direct contact with the virus. The herpes virus is strongest during the first few outbreaks. 

What is the problem?

Herpes can be deadly to gestating babies and to neonates.

If the first outbreak occurs during pregnancy it can be spread to the baby. 

If there is an outbreak in the genitals during labor, it can be spread to the baby. 

If you have a first outbreak during pregnancy, your care should be transferred to a medical provider so that your baby can receive the necessary care.

What can be done? 

Use condoms if your partner has herpes or if changing partners during pregnancy. Condom use can reduce the spread of herpes by about 50%. 

If you already have the herpes virus you can reduce the possibility of having an outbreak at the time of birth by taking a prescription viral suppressant. 


Eat lysine rich foods such as: apples, figs, pears, mangos, apricots, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, broccoli, beans, beets, potatoes, yoghurt, beef, lamb, fish, chicken, lemon water, berries, lemons, carrots, ginger, green tea, whole grains, barley grass, goji berries, bananas, barley, mushrooms, salmon and tuna.

Supplements can also be helpful: Red Marine Algae, Spirulina, Vitamin B.

Avoid: alcohol, caffeine, junk food, too much red meat, processed/white flour products, food additives, artificial sweeteners and excessive stress.