Pregnancy / STD Testing
Couples looking to start a family should definitely test for STD’s even if they have been monogamous.
Many STD’s are ‘silent’. They have no symptoms and can be serious or even life-threatening if contracted during pregnancy. These diseases can have serious effects on the baby and the mother. Some may be seen at birth, while others can take years to develop.
Babies born with an STD have a higher chance of being infected with HIV in later life.
Many STD’s can be passed from the mother to the child!
- - HIV- passes from mother to child during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and breastfeeding, however if the mother tested and diagnosed and medical steps taken the risk can be reduced to 2%. ALL EXPECTANT MOTHERS SHOULD BE TESTED
- - Syphilis- can be passed from mother to child, it has been linked to stillbirths, death shortly after birth, and premature births. Those that survive can have problems with their heart, skin, eyes, ears, teeth, and many other organs. It is highly recommended that pregnant women get tested and high-risk women get tested again in their third trimester.
- - Chlamydia- has been linked to low birth weight and pre-term labor. All pregnant women should be tested. High-risk patients should also be tested during third trimester.
- - Gonorrhea- has been linked to premature rupture of the membranes, premature birth, miscarriage, and low birth weight. It is important that pregnant women get tested and treated with antibiotics prior to birth.
- - Hepatitis B- Most risky when mother becomes infected close to birth with a significant chance that the baby will carry the Hepatitis B virus through life (chronic). Some reports have shown a 90% chance of chronic liver disease. All pregnant women should be tested.
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