STDs can lead to adverse health outcomes for pregnant women and newborn babies, but not all STDs are the same. Keep reading to learn more about STDs in babies.
Prenatal STD testing is routinely recommended for all pregnant women, including tests for:
If you develop any signs of an STD during pregnancy, you should get tested as soon as possible. This can help prevent different complications for you and your baby, such as preterm labor, low birth weight, and neonatal infections.
Your baby will probably be tested for STDs if you had one of these infections during pregnancy and/or delivery, if you’re showing signs of an STD at the time of childbirth, if you haven’t been tested before, or if you have other risk factors for an STD.
Yes. According to the CDC, congenital syphilis occurs when a woman passes the syphilis infection to her baby during pregnancy, which can cause the baby to be born with syphilis. Syphilis can be passed to the baby whether the mother acquires the infection before or during pregnancy.
Fortunately, yes. According to the American Pregnancy Association with penicillin G.
According to the MSD Manuals:
A woman can give gonorrhea to her baby during delivery due to contact with the birth canal. According to the CDC, gonorrhea can cause other pregnancy complications, including:
Congenital gonorrhea can cause health problems in babies, including:
Similarly to gonorrhea, babies can get chlamydia, symptoms of chlamydia in newborns include eye infections and pneumonia.
If you have an STD that can be transmitted to your baby at the time of delivery, your doctor could recommend a scheduled C-section instead. This can help keep you and your baby safe from complications.
You can learn more about at-home STD testing during pregnancy at STDWatch.com.
Congenital Syphilis Fact Sheet - cdc.gov
Syphilis During Pregnancy - americanpregnancy.org
Symptoms of Syphilis in Newborns - msdmanuals.com
CHLAMYDIA IN NEWBORNS - childrensmn.org