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Having an STD while you are pregnant is never a good thing. If possible, STD’s should be cleared up as soon as possible or measures should be taken to ensure that the disease is not passed on to the baby.
When pregnant women go to their first prenatal visit, they are generally tested for STD’s. Certain STD’s are more common than others in pregnant women. Bacterial vaginosis and herpes simplex are he most common STD’s seen in pregnant women in the United States. These two STD’s are treatable and Bacterial vaginosis is curable. Other less common STD’s such as HIV/AIDS are more difficult to treat but with the proper birthing methods, the chance that the disease will be passed on to the baby can be reduced.
Pregnancy is a time when women need to be as healthy as possible. STD’s can cause various health issues for pregnant women. The baby relies on the mother’s body for survival. Any illness can put the baby in jeopardy.
To fight off complications from STD’s, it is wise to get to the doctor as soon as you know you are pregnant. Find out what health issues you have early on can be is the best way to ensure a healthy baby. In order to have a healthy baby you must healthy yourself
During pregnancy Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis can be cured during pregnancy. A dose of antibiotics will clean up these diseases. Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, hepatitis B and genital herpes can be passed on from mother to baby during delivery. HIV can be transmitted to the baby through the placenta when the baby is born to through breastfeeding.
The fact that treatment and precautions can be undertaken is reason enough to be screened for STD’s. However, if more encouragement is needed there are a number of terrible side effects babies can suffer from exposure to STD’s. Babies can be stillborn from being exposed to STD’s. Low birth weight, which can cause a multitude of issues, can occur. STD’s can cause disabilities in babies such as blindness, or deafness. They also can cause major complications and diseases such as cirrhosis chronic liver disease.
Since HIV and genital herpes have no cures precautions can be taken during the birthing process. If a woman has herpes outbreak at the time she gives birth a C-section may allow the baby to bypass getting herpes. HIV infected mother also can have C-sections in an attempt to prevent exposure of the disease to the baby.
During the initial prenatal visit many doctors test for STD’s. However, if your doctor does not routinely test for STD’s, most do, ask for STD testing. It is best to have as many tests done as possible so that disease can be ruled out. Once you have received clean bill of health be sure that you are not exposed to any STD’s if you are not exposed to any STD’s. If you are not in a monogamous relationship be sure to protect yourself with condoms when having sex.
Being well informed and careful when you are pregnant is very important. Your unborn child is counting on you to take good care if it.
Motherhood begins long before the baby is born. The moment you find out you are pregnant it is time to start making responsible choices for both you and the baby. One of the first things that should be done is scheduling a doctor visit. Getting in to see the doctor as soon as possible is very important. Start taking care of your baby immediately by taking good care of yourself.
on Feb 1 2011. Filed under Weight, Women.
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