hello. I just had my baby 12 days ago and delivered vaginally. I have had herpes for five years. Your baby wont get infected if you already carry the virus b/c your maternal antibodies will be transferred to the baby protecting him. If you catch herpes while you are pregnant, then its very dangerious especially in the last trimester. If you get it in the first trimester, your body has enough time to make antibodies and transfer them to the baby but its still dangerous. They say that if you have the virus for over six years its very safe. Ive had it for five years. If you already ahve the virus then you are lucky in a sense. Make sure you are open and honest with all your doctors and nurses who will care for you prenatally and during your labour. Forget about the stigmas and stereotypes you may face when telling health care professionals. Its more important that your baby is safe. If you do not tll your health care providers, they will not be able to check you and give you the correct information. Honesty is vital. Anyhow, I also had several prodomes during my pregnancy and i had one small breakout that lasted for 2-3 days only. I refrained from having sex and oral sex in the last trimester and i started taking my valtrex at 35 weeks twice daily to supress the virus. If you have a prodome or an active breakout during your labour then you will need a c-section. Otherwise, its recommended to deliver vaginally. You also have to make sure that the staff does not use a fetal heart scalp monitor for this device punctures small openings in the baby skin which can cuase the virus to enter. make sure of that. If your baby goes into distress then just have a c section. The nurses and doctors will use a special light to look at your vagina and birth canal while in labour and if they see any lesions, they will automatically due a c-section. If you want information i go tmine from the American association of obstetricians and gynecology. They sent me tons of medical information on neonatal herpes and all the studies they did on women pregnant with herpes. this helped me make a decision between c-section and vaginal. there are also many good websites you can join related to herpes and you can chat with other women who have had babies. Thats what i also did.