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Avoiding STDs

Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you can't get a sexually transmitted disease (STD). In fact, pregnancy is one of the worst times to pick up an STD because some can cause birth defects or severe neonatal illness. To protect yourself and your baby, follow the rules of safe sex: Have sex with only one partner who has no other partners, doesn't have HIV, and doesn't use injectable drugs. If you have any doubts, use a male or female condom. If you have any question or concern that your partner may have an STD, never let that person's blood, urine, semen, vaginal fluid, or feces get into your anus, vagina, or mouth.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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