I was diagnosed with herpes about 5-6 years ago. During that time I've had maybe 2-3 outbreaks, and none of them the classic kind with open sores (other than the very first occurrence). With my first pregnancy I was put on Valtrex from 36 weeks to prevent any outbreaks. I'm kind of sketchy on wanting to do it this time especially since I hardly ever have an outbreak. But, I'm sort of afraid too. I have been having some itching lately (Sorry if TMI!) and a tiny bump that looks more like an ingrown hair than anything. truthfully one of the main things that is bugging me about it is that my mom had her Tarot cards read and she had a mother and son card (we think it's a boy) with some kind of delay, and she also drew the hospital card (we're planning a homebirth). So I'm worried about anything that could land me in the hospital I guess!
if you had herpes, what did you do? I guess I'm just concerned that I won't know if I'm having an outbreak or not? and I know the tests aren't very reliable on viral shedding. I don't want to be stupid but I don't want to take unnecessary pharmaceuticals either.
mama to 3 girls: Abigail 2.12.05, Eliana 8.26.06, Willa 1.9.09
RN-BSN 5/11, CBE, former doula