I devloped high risk HPV during my pregnancy will this effect my unborn child?

by Rachel on July 24, 2011

Will my baby be born with HPV and will it effect the baby in anyway? will i have to get a C section to prevent him from contracting the disease?

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jahaythorn4 July 24, 2011 at 4:21 am

What about HPV, genital warts and pregnancy?
Genital warts very rarely cause problems during pregnancy and delivery. Because of changes in the body during pregnancy, warts can grow in size and number. A woman with genital warts does not need to have a caesareansection delivery unless warts are blocking the birth canal, which is extremely rare. Rarely, babies exposed to HPV during birth may develop warts in the throat. If you are pregnant and have genital warts, speak to your health care provider, as some methods of treatment cannot be used during pregnancy.
In some cases, genital warts can cause problems during pregnancy. For example, the warts may grow or may become larger and bleed. If warts increase in size, this can make it difficult to urinate. If the warts are in the vagina, they can make the vagina less elastic or block the birth canal. If the warts block the birth canal, a woman may need to have a cesarean section (C-section) delivery. However, HPV infection and genital warts are not the only reasons for having a C-section.

HPV research scientists are not exactly sure why in some cases genital warts get bigger during pregnancy. Hormones, a change in the environment, or changes in the immune system may play a role.

There is a very low risk for HPV transmission to the unborn baby during a vaginal delivery. Fortunately, even when the virus is passed, the baby is most often able to get rid of it on its own.

In rare cases, a baby that is exposed to HPV may develop warts in the throat or voice box (known medically as laryngeal papillomatosis). Although uncommon, this is a potentially life-threatening condition for the child, requiring frequent laser surgery to prevent obstruction of the breathing passages. These warts can occur up to five years after birth.

Because of the low risk of transmission, along with the increased risks with surgery (see Cesarean Complications), a C-section delivery is usually not recommended for a woman with an uncomplicated HPV infection.

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