Protecting Your Baby from STDs

Sexually transmitted diseases can be dangerous in pregnancy.

Better to Know

If you're like most moms-to-be, thoughts of past partners and the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) probably haven't crossed your mind -- but they should. Each year at least one in four Americans develops an STD and pregnant women are no exception. Since these conditions can pose special risks to you and your unborn baby, it's important to find out if you have an STD.

During an early prenatal visit, your healthcare provider may ask if you've ever been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease and offer to test you for a variety of conditions. To ensure a healthy pregnancy, it's wise to be tested. Since many STDs are symptomless, most women are not aware they have a problem. And while some sexually transmitted diseases can be easily cured with medication, others may not. Fortunately, if you have a problem, there are steps you can take to protect your unborn baby. Here are some common STDs and their treatment options.

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