Ok first of all this is not MUD!! I know this is my first post but I am actually a regular poster and just created this new account bc I am a little too embarrassed to talk about the fact that I have genital herpes under my usual name.
With that said, I realize this might be a little bit flame worthy. I just really need some help and advice.
I have genital herpes and contracted it 8 years ago from an ex boyfriend. I've only had one outbreak...the initial one and haven't had any since. My husband of course knows I have it and we told my doctor everything also of course. He immediately suggested that I get on Valtrex for the last month of my pregnancy just to avoid an outbreak.
Well I've been having some discomfort and weird stabbing pains down there since Monday and finally today I felt that I'd had enough and called my doctor. I told the nurse what I was feeling and that I was scared that I might be having an outbreak. She said she would get with the doctor and call me about coming in to get checked and possibly going ahead and getting on Valtrex now instead of waiting.
So I'm still waiting to hear back from them. In the meantime I've been doing a little bit of research on Valtrex and come to find out they don't know if it's 100% safe to take while you're pregnant!! The Valtrex website says that nursing mothers shouldn't take Valtrex bc it could be harmful to your baby and that pregnant women should talk to their healthcare provider about the risks involved in taking Valtrex while pregnant.
So now I'm completely worried about taking it at all. I know that there are plenty of women out there that have probably taken it and their babies have been born completely healthy. But even then I would still worry since it's not technically proven that it's safe! I also know that the risks involved in giving birth nautrally if I had an outbreak are horrible too and that the virus can cause blindness and deafness in babies along with other things!
So my question is...what would you do? I feel like I want to talk to my doctor and tell him I don't feel comfortable taking a medication that is not proven to be safe for pregnant women and that I'd like to have a scheduled c-section. I am NOT one of those women that is afraid of natural labor and I actually prefer to have natural labor over a c-section any day. I am just trying to weigh the pros and cons here and I feel like a c-section would avoid me having to take a medication I'm not comfortable taking and also would avoid the risk of infecting the baby with herpes if I just so happen to have an outbreak during labor.
HELP PLEASE!! I am 32 weeks right now and am sort of in a panic about what the right decision is.