Have you gotten checked and treated? That is the key thing to do. Some of the dire outcomes listed in the following article are only when the STD is not treated.
Our friends at BabyMed say the following.
Depending on the sexually transmitted disease, there are varying effects on baby. With syphilis, the infection can cross over from mom to baby and infect the baby with the disease. Syphilis can hinder the development of the fetus. Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Chlamydia, and Genital Herpes are contact infections: when the baby passes through the vaginal canal during birth, these diseases can be passed on to baby. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV can pass either through the placenta to baby or infect the baby during the birthing process.
For the mother-to-be, early onset labor, early breakage of the amniotic sac or infection of the uterus may be the result of an STD. Untreated, it can lead to further health problems for mom. Untreated sexually transmitted diseases can progress to cervical cancer, pelvic cancers, chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver.
The effects of an STD on baby can include stillbirth, conjunctivitis, lower birth weight, lung infections, water retention in the lungs, neonatal sepsis (blood infection), loss of vision, loss of hearing, brain damage, meningitis and cirrhosis of the liver, to name just a few.
Treating an STD During Pregnancy
Luckily, if the sexually transmitted disease is caused by a bacteria, an antibiotic can be given during the pregnancy to clear up the infection and help prevent any harmful effects on baby either in-utero or during birth.
If the sexually transmitted disease is viral in cause, such as HIV or genital herpes, the virus cannot be cured. Pregnant women can, however receive treatment for HIV during pregnancy, and this treatment will greatly reduce the chances of baby being born with HIV. If a genital herpes outbreak occurs during the time of birth, a
Cesarean section (C-section) will often be performed in order to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to baby.
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