In general, a cold sore is not a cause for concern during pregnancy. This is because cold sores are considered localised infections, so there is no way for the virus to pass through the protective placenta to affect your growing baby.
Cold sores need important precautions after birth however, and it is recommended that you seek urgent assistance via a physician. If you happen to experience an outbreak, it is best to follow these simple steps:
- Cover your cold sores when you are around your baby. You can use a discreet healing patch along with a mask to do this.
- Avoid kissing your baby until the sores are completely healed (a difficult task, we know!)
- Avoid touching the cold sores, and then touching your baby
- Wash or sanitise your hands thoroughly before touching your baby after having touched your cold sore.
Maintaining strict hygiene habits is one of the most important things you can do for your baby after birth. It is also very important that family and friends who may have contact with the baby are being hygienic as well. Fortunately, when a pregnant woman gives birth, she is managed by an expert medical team that takes care of everything – so it is unlikely that she will pass the virus on to her bay during the act of giving birth.