No one wants to find themselves with an STD and certainly not when they are pregnant. Being pregnant does not provide extra protection against STDs for you or your baby, so taking the usual precautions if you are sexually active to prevent one is necessary. An untreated STD can have serious effects on you and your baby, so it is important for you to be aware of these harmful effects and to protect both you and your baby from them.
WHAT TO DO
Many doctors routinely screen for STDs at the first prenatal visit and during the third trimester. Bacterial STDs are treated with antibiotics which can reduce the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor and other complications before birth and at delivery.
If you think you may have contracted an STD at any time before or during your pregnancy, contact us today for free testing. Do not forget your partner needs to be tested and treated as well!
For more information, take a look at the CDC’s STDs During Pregnancy Fact Sheet which provides useful information about specific STDs and their effects during pregnancy. You can also find out more about STDs and pregnancy here.
We welcome you to set up a free appointment for STD (chlamydia, gonorrhea) testing. We also offer pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting classes to assist you in preparing for your new baby.
To schedule your testing appointment or prenatal/parenting classes, you can call or text our Kutztown office at 610-683-8000 or our Hamburg office at 484-660-3526. At this time we ask that you make sure to set up an appointment rather than walk in (to abide by current COVID-19 safety standards).