HPV is not likely to affect pregnancy or the health of the child expected. If a woman has genital warts, they grow faster during pregnancy due to extra vaginal discharge which in turn provides the virus a moist environment to thrive on, or due to hormonal changes, or changes in the pregnant woman’s immune system. Usually, warts pose no problems for the pregnant woman or for the baby.
It’s a chance that the woman passes on the virus to the baby, but this possibility is rather remote. Even if the child does contract HPV, he’s likely to grow out of it without any symptoms or problems manifesting ever.
If the child contracts the type of HPV that causes genital warts, he is likely to develop warts on his vocal cords and other areas sometime during infancy or in early childhood. This condition, called recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, is serious, but it’s also rare.
If the doctor deems it necessary to remove the wart, he may use a special acid solution to freeze off the warts with a liquid nitrogen solution. The doctor may even remove the wart by laser technique, by electrocautery, or through surgery.
Two prescription products that women use are meant to treat genital warts, but these too are not prescribed during pregnancy. Drugstore medications meant for common warts are not a safe bet either.
If the pap smear result is abnormal, the doctor may examine the cervix and vagina with a special microscope in a procedure called colposcopy. (as uncomfortable as a Pap, and takes longer). If the doctor sees suspicious changes in the cells, he may even have a biopsy of the tissue done and that may cause some temporary discomfort and bleeding.