All pregnancies bring along worries, both big and small. If you think you might be pregnant and have an STD, you’re likely wondering if you can pass your STD to your child and the impact this will have on your pregnancy, your options, and — if you choose to give birth — your baby. We want you to have accurate information so you can focus on making the right decision for your pregnancy.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are caused by microbes (bacteria or viruses) that are transferred through sexual contact through the mouth, anus, or genitals. If you or a sexual partner have had sexual contact with more than one person, at any point, you run the risk of contracting an STD.

While it’s always important to be aware of the risks related to STDs, this is especially necessary if you’re pregnant or think you might be pregnant.

Pregnancy and STDs — Will I pass my STD to my child?

In short, yes — some STDs can be acquired by the baby from the mother during pregnancy, birth, and even after the child is born.

STDs that can be passed to your child include the following:

  • Chlamydia
  • Genital herpes
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV/genital warts
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomonas Vaginalis

What happens if I pass an STD to my child?

Having an STD while you’re pregnant can cause complications in your pregnancy and can negatively impact your baby’s future health and wellbeing. Depending on the exact infection, some potential impacts on children born to mothers with STDs might include:

  • Premature birth
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Eye infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Meningitis
  • Liver disease
  • Blood infection
  • Brain damage
  • Lack of coordination
  • Acute hepatitis
  • Stillbirth

I think I’m pregnant and have an STD — What do I do?

Whether you think you’re pregnant or not, if you’re sexually active, it’s important to be tested for STDs on a routine basis. Because these diseases can lay dormant, it’s wise to be tested even if you don’t have any symptoms.

At True Care Women’s Resource Center, we provide STI testing and treatment for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Trichomoniasis as a follow-up to our pregnancy testing service at no cost. We also provide other free services, including options counseling and ultrasounds.

Abortion and STDs — What to Know

If there’s a chance you might have an STD and are considering an abortion, you’ll still need to be tested before moving forward with your abortion appointment. In fact, getting an abortion while carrying an untreated STD can be extremely dangerous. Surgical abortions can cause untreated diseases to spread throughout your body, which can result in sepsis and septic shock. Women with STDs are also at a greater risk for ectopic pregnancies, where the pregnancy isn’t located in the uterus. Undetected, an ectopic pregnancy can lead to serious complications.

Like with any major medical procedure, you must have a full picture of the potential risks and side effects of abortion, especially if there’s a chance you might have an STD or STI.

Schedule your appointment today!

Are you worried that you might have an STD or STI? It’s essential to be aware of these infections and be in control of your health and wellbeing. When you come in for a pregnancy test, we offer testing and treatment for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Trichomoniasis at no cost. Schedule your free appointment and receive a pregnancy test today!