Oh, I am so bummed. I had not even thought about this while we were trying, or anything, until I got another one of my "rashes" this weeks. Long story short, I have had oral herpes (cold sores) since toddler-hood, and have gotten outbreaks of them throughout my life. About a year to 16 months ago I noticed a similar feeling (itching, tingling) in my vaginal area, and discovered bump or blisters.
My husband is completely without symptoms, and 100% faithful to me (I do not question this at all). I actually think I gave them to myself! Perhaps I was picking at my mouth and then forgot to wash my hands before using the bathroom. Anyway, since I was almost certain that that's what it was, and there's not a whole lot one can do about it, I have just lived with the occasional outbreaks.
But now I'm pregnant, and even though I have read up on the risks of herpes transmission, and the likelihood of having an outbreak at the time of labor, I am so depressed at the thought of a c-section. With my last I had an epidural, and I really wanted to have a natural birth with this one. It really makes me miserable that the choice may not be in my hands.
Also, my mom wants to be there for the birth, and I haven't told her about this problem, because I think she would flip out on me. What am I going to do if they suddenly say, "oh yes, you have active herpes, we'll need to section you" with my mom in the room!?!
I go to my OB tomorrow, so I'll have him look at my "bumps." but honestly, there is very little question in my mind that it could possibly be anything else. Well, I guess all I can do is hope, and follow dietary guidelines for prevention. Probably will take Acyclovir the last month or two as well.