Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a serious concern for anyone sexually active, particularly for those who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. These infections can have a significant impact on pregnancy, affecting the health of both the mother and the baby.
Two of the most common and dangerous STIs are chlamydia and gonorrhea, which can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women. PID can cause infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. Syphilis is another highly contagious STI that can be transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy. If left untreated, it can cause stillbirth, premature delivery, and birth defects.
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is a viral STI that causes painful blisters on the mouth or genital area. During pregnancy, herpes can be transmitted to the baby and cause serious health problems, including brain damage, blindness, and death. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is another viral STI that can cause genital warts and cervical cancer. During pregnancy, HPV can lead to preterm labor, low birth weight, and other complications.
The best way to protect yourself and your baby from the harmful effects of STIs is to get tested and treated, if necessary before starting a family. It’s important to take the necessary precautions and to practice safe sex to reduce the risk of contracting an STI. If you do test positive for an STI, seeking prompt treatment can help prevent further complications and ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Don’t let STIs jeopardise your health and that of your baby. Take control of your sexual health and seek out the necessary care and treatment to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy.