How Could An STI/STD Affect My Pregnancy?
Pregnancy can be affected by a sexually transmitted infection and, if left untreated, can create serious health risks for you and your child.
- Most OB/GYN offices will routinely screen for STIs at your first pregnancy (obstetrics) visit.
- It is possible to have an STI while pregnant and not have any symptoms.
- STIs can be passed to a developing fetus during pregnancy and/or to the baby during labor and delivery.
- Some STIs (bacterial) can be treated with antibiotics.
- For other STIs (viral) steps can be taken to reduce the risk of transmission or manage symptoms.
- Potential risks of untreated STI can include: pre-term labor, pre-mature rupture of membranes, low birth weight and others.
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