Despite receiving a positive pregnancy, you still can develop sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) if you are not careful. Just like STDs can have extremely harmful effects on someone who is not pregnant, an STD can have serious consequences for both you and your baby. While pregnant, STDs can be passed from you to your baby, causing birth defects, preterm labor or sadly still birth.
Here’s some important information that will either prevent you from getting an STD while pregnant or help you know what to do if you are diagnosed with one:
- Getting tested for an STD before and during your pregnancy – If you have an STD, your healthcare provider can provide treatment to protect you and your baby.
- Use protection – Use latex condoms to reduce your risk of contracting an STD
- Know the signs of STDs – Some STDs may not have obvious symptoms, so it’s important to know what to look for. Common symptoms include unusual discharge, itching or burning, sores or bumps, and pain during sex or urination.
If you are diagnosed with an STD while you are pregnant, it’s important that you speak to your healthcare provider immediately. Depending on the STD, you can be treated without negatively affecting your baby.
Remember, STDs are never something you should take lightly. Be sure to practice safe sex and do what’s best to keep you and your baby healthy.