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Infections During Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant can become infected with the same sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) as women who are not pregnant.

STD's during pregnancy can contribute to preterm labor, premature rupture of your membranes, and an infection in your uterus after the birth of your baby.

Sometimes you may be infected with a STD and not even be aware of it because the infection may not cause symptoms right away. Therefore, it is important to be tested for the following STD's during your pregnancy:

  • chlamydia
  • gonorrhea
  • syphilis
  • Hepatitis B
  • HIV

Most STD's can be easily treated with antibiotics. You can protect yourself from infection with STD's by using a condom during sex if you think your partner may not be monogamous.

Two other types of infection that you will be tested for during pregnancy are Group B Streptococcus (GBS) and Bacterial Vaginosis (BV).

  • GBS is an organism that is present in the birth canal of some women and usually has no symptoms
  • GBS can be picked up by your baby during birth and cause a serious infection
  • GBS is treated with antibiotics during labor
  • BV is caused by an overgrowth of the bacteria that is normally present in your vagina, and may put you at risk for preterm labor
  • BV is treated with antibiotics

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