Transmission of STI during pregnancy
What's Inside ?
Being affected with an STI during pregnancy can pose a serious threat to you and your baby. You should get yourself screened for HIV, Hepatitis B, Chlamydia and Syphilis during the first prenatal visit to the clinic. You need to get tested even though you have been tested for STIs in the past.
How can STIs affect babies?
|Chlamydia & Gonorrhea||During pregnancy can lead to preterm labour, low birth weight and premature rupture of membranes. If diagnosed during pregnancy, it can be easily treated with a dosage of antibiotics.|
|Syphilis||It is associated with premature birth, stillbirth and sometimes death of the baby involving complications in multiple organs.|
|HIV||HIV can be transmitted to babies during pregnancy, labour, breastfeeding. Risks of transmission can be reduced to a great extent if diagnosed early.|
|Other effects||Other effects of an STI on your baby include eye infection, pneumonia, blood infection, brain damage, blindness, deafness, chronic liver disease.|