Navigating the Risks of STDs During Pregnancy


Pregnancy is often described as a magical journey, a unique period in life full of anticipation and transformative experiences. However, it's also a time that can be filled with uncertainties and medical concerns that can't be overlooked. One such issue is the presence or the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). 

As a young woman, particularly if you're in your teens or early twenties, the topic of STDs during pregnancy might be far from your mind. But it's an issue that deserves attention. In this blog, we are going to try and equip you with essential information so you can better understand the potential risks and make informed choices for both your health and that of your unborn child.

Understanding the Basics of STDs

STDs are infections primarily spread through sexual contact. From chlamydia to gonorrhea to herpes, these diseases can have different levels of severity. Some may be curable with medications, while others may require lifelong treatment. It’s important to understand that having an STD during pregnancy can impact both your health and your baby's well-being.

Risks to the Mother

STDs can cause a variety of health issues in pregnant women. Some, like chlamydia and gonorrhea, can lead to something called pelvic inflammatory disease if left untreated. This could result in an ectopic pregnancy, which is life-threatening for both mother and baby. Herpes can cause painful outbreaks during pregnancy, complicating the birthing process. The risk of complications rises if you contract an STD while pregnant, making regular testing and early detection crucial.

Risks to the Baby

The consequences of having an STD during pregnancy are not limited to the mother. Certain STDs can pass from mother to child during childbirth. For instance, herpes can cause neonatal herpes, which can be fatal for the newborn. Syphilis can result in stillbirth, neonatal death, or lifelong complications for the child.


If you're pregnant and concerned about the possibility of having an STD, getting a timely and accurate diagnosis is crucial. At Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center, we offer confidential FREE testing for a range of STDs, including Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Syphilis, Hepatitis C, and HIV. During your visit, our healthcare providers will conduct the necessary screenings through blood tests, urine samples, or swabs. Especially if you're a young woman in your teens or early twenties, you might find the idea of STD testing intimidating or embarrassing. However, think of this as an essential step for the well-being of both you and your baby. If you’re ready to get tested, reach out to us today.


Should your test come back positive for some STDs like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, or Syphilis, there's no need for panic. Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center also offers confidential FREE treatment for these conditions. Our healthcare providers will guide you through a treatment plan, usually involving antibiotics or other medications that can be taken during pregnancy. This treatment aims not only to cure the infection but also to prevent any possible transmission to your child during childbirth. For Hepatitis C and HIV, we offer referrals for treatment to ensure that you receive the specialized care needed. Remember, early detection and treatment are key in protecting the health of both you and your baby. If you’re struggling with an STD and need help, contact Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center today.


Arming yourself with knowledge is the best defense against the complications that can arise from having an STD during pregnancy. It's crucial to understand that your actions now have a broader impact—they not only affect you but also the health and future of your unborn child. This dual responsibility is just another reason why regular screenings, prompt diagnosis, and appropriate treatment plans are important.


Don't take chances with your health or your baby's well-being. Always consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice tailored to your unique medical situation. Most importantly, remember that you don't have to go through this alone. There are resources, organizations, and medical professionals willing to provide the support and guidance you may need. Stay empowered, stay informed, and never hesitate to reach out to us for the help and support you need.

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