by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins
Episode #48: How Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Can Affect Pregnancy and Babies
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a common part of life, though many of us are afraid or ashamed to talk about them. In reality, 50% of adults will have an STI at some point in our lives. This includes pregnant women, and there shouldn't be any stigma associated with having an STI.
Having or contracting an STI during pregnancy happens to many people and it's important to know how STIs can affect your pregnancy and your baby. Today I'm running through five common STIs - chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV) - to talk about the treatment for each.
Treatment for STIs during pregnancy can be a little different than normal treatments, but it's important to catch infections early so that they don't spread to your baby. Many STIs can only reach baby during the actual birth process, but some can cross over the placenta - so it's best to know what your options are early on.
Remember that STIs don't mean anything about your worth - they should just be treated as a health issue that can treated for the benefit of both mom and baby.
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Pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, STIs, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, human papillomavirus, HPV, prenatal testing